Chelsea in transfer talks with Inter Milan over £23m sale of Emerson Palmieri with Lampard happy for him to leave


INTER MILAN have reportedly started transfer negotiations with Chelsea for Emerson.

The Italian looks to have an uncertain future with manager Frank Lampard in the market for a new left-back.

To free up space in the squad and recoup some cash, it is understood Emerson is free to leave.

And according to Tutto, Serie A giants Inter – who have Victor Moses on loan – have bid £23million for the 25-year-old.

It is understood Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia had initially valued Emerson at £27m.

But Inter’s approach of £18m plus £5m in add-ons looks to be sufficient.

Juventus and Napoli have also been linked with the ex-Roma player, but Antonio Conte’s side are said to have offered higher personal terms.

Emerson was signed by Conte in 2018 and played with Juve boss Maurizio Sarri the following season.

But he has fallen out of favour under new boss Lampard despite 19 appearances this season.

Marcos Alonso has been preferred at left-back and even when the Spaniard has been benched, Cesar Azpilicueta has shifted across, with Reece James slotting in on the right.

Leicester’s Ben Chilwell is Lampard’s priority signing but the price tag could be a stumbling block.

Before the financial fallout amid the coronavirus pandemic, Chilwell was believed to be valued at around £70m.

But the Blues will try to angle for a deal closer to £50m, and have been linked with Lucas Digne, Alex Telles and Nicolas Tagliafico as alternate signings if that doesn’t come off.


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