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Last Updated: Tuesday, 29 July, 2003, 11:36 GMT 12:36 UK
Roma reject Emerson move
Emerson in Brazil kit

Chelsea failed to land Brazil midfielder from Roma despite tabling a 24.6m bid for the player, according to the Italian club's president, Franco Sensi.

Chelsea completed a 111.65m summer spending spree with the capture of French midfielder Claude Makelele from Real Madrid on transfer deadline day on Monday.

But, despite a strong apparent interest in luring Emerson to Stamford Bridge to join new owner Roman Abramovich's revolution, Roma resisted Chelsea's approaches.

"Abramovich offered me 40 million euros and I said no," said Sensi.

"I told the player that I would never have sold him and I have assured him that we will extend his contract - he will get what he deserves."

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