Inter Milan have reportedly been long-term admirers of Chelsea’s 26-year-old full-back Emerson Palmieri. However, according to the Independent, the Italian giants will face competition from West Ham in securing a deal.
Inter are reportedly trying to pursue a permanent deal for the Brazilian, whilst West Ham are more interested in a loan move. The Hammers are seeking to reinforce their defence and have already seen three bids for Burnley’s James Tarkowski turned down.
West Ham Join the Chase for Emerson Palmieri With Inter Milan Still Interested
Is His Chelsea Career Over?
Emerson did not feature in Frank Lampard’s squad in Chelsea’s opener against Brighton & Hove Albion on Monday evening. In fact, he has only played two minutes of premier league football since the season resumed after lockdown. His lack of playing time attracted both clubs, but Chelsea were and still are in no rush to sell Emerson.
The 26-year-old still has two years on his contract left, with Chelsea viewing him as marketable. However, the Blues were reluctant to sanction his exit, until they signed Ben Chilwell from Leicester City. Now that Chelsea have landed their man, negotiations are likely to accelerate.
Inter have now signed 34-year-old full-back Aleksandar Kolarov from Roma, which could end their need for a fullback, putting West Ham in a good position to target Emerson. The Chelsea defender could be seen as a more long term option, though, with Kolarov edging closer to retirement.
Could West Ham Involve Declan Rice in the Deal for Emerson?
Rumours have intensified about Chelsea’s desire to sign Declan Rice. The Interest in the midfielder has naturally raised the question of whether Emerson will be part of a deal that sees Rice join the Blues.
West Ham remain adamant that Rice is not for sale. However, if a significant fee is offered for the 21-year-old, then it could change the Hammers’ stance.
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