Cape Town - Chelsea’s interest in signing Edin Dzeko is being held up, says Roma director Monchi, because their offer for the striker is insufficient.
The Blues have been linked with numerous strikers in the January transfer window, with the Bosnian the latest reported target, and Monchi hinted that a bid was made, but wasn’t enticing enough.
"Roma, like every club in the world, listen to the offers that arrive for their players, not just for Edin, but anyone in the squad," Monchi told Mediaset Premium.
"We are ready to listen and then we decide. Now Dzeko is here and the rest doesn't matter, which means what we've received so far wasn't acceptable.
"I don't know what personal terms were offered to the player, as I am not his agent. I am talking about Roma - an offer arrives, we look at it and then decide.
"A director of sport must look at the economic and sporting aspect, that is the point of the role. I am a director, I must consider both, otherwise tomorrow I would've gone to sign Leo Messi.
"We must win to change the dynamics of the last few games. We had a good performance against Inter and today need an even better one."
The former Manchester City striker was the top scorer in Serie A last season with 29 goals, and already has 10 from 21 appearances this season.
His most recent strike came in stoppage time against Sampdoria on Wednesday to rescue a 1-1 draw.