- Edin Dzeko has revealed he was delighted to hear of interest from Chelsea
- The Blues couldn’t agree player’s wishes of a long-term contract
- READ MORE: Antonio Conte will respect Chelsea contract even with rumours of Italy return
The Blues signed Olivier Giroud for £18m on transfer deadline day as an alternative to signing the 31-year-old.
Sky Sports reported that Dzeko turned down a deal to Chelsea because the club didn’t want to meet the player’s demands of £120,000 per week on a three-and-half-year contract.
The champions have a policy around offering players over 30 one-year deals, hence why a deal to sign the Bosnian international couldn’t be agreed.
However, when speaking to Klix, Dzeko insisted that he admires Chelsea for the desire to bring him to the club.
Dzeko is quoted by Sky Sports saying:
“I am genuinely flattered by Chelsea’s interest. It’s a club I really respect, and hold in great esteem.”
Signing Giroud a fantastic plan B for Dzeko
We shouldn’t be upset over the club’s failure to sign Dzeko despite his great quality.
Financially, Giroud was the better option for Chelsea along with his experience in the Premier League.
The Frenchman offers that physical presence Antonio Conte has been looking for in his hunt for another striker.