Chelsea full-backs Emerson Palmieri and Marcos Alonso plan to leave this summer after frustrating seasons, according to a report.
The Blues have endured a mixed season without their fans at Stamford Bridge, taking in highs and lows. Frank Lampard’s reign eventually turned sour and Thomas Tuchel replaced him in January. Since then, though, they have reached the FA Cup and Champions League finals, with the latter trophy still up for grabs.
What’s more, they can still make the Premier League’s top four with two games to go of the domestic season.
However, one of the constants to Chelsea’s campaign has been the lack of action for Emerson and Alonso.
The summer arrival of Ben Chilwell pushed the pair down the pecking order and Emerson, especially, has struggled for action. Indeed, Alonso has enjoyed a revival of sorts under Tuchel but not to a great extent.
They ‘want to feel important’ again and the report mentions Inter as a potential next destination. Both players have experience in Serie A, with Emerson a former Roma star and Alonso having Fiorentina on his CV.
Furthermore, they joined Chelsea under Antonio Conte‘s stewardship, with the Italian now at the Nerazzuri.
Thomas Tuchel targeting long Chelsea tenure
Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel says he has overcome concerns over the length of his contract - an initial 18-month deal - and is determined to prove he is deserving of a longer tenure.
Both stars have previously had links with a move back to Italy.
Alonso played in the first three Premier League games of the season under Lampard. However, he did not make the squad again before Tuchel arrived.
The German played him in five of his first six league games, but he has thereafter had a bit-part role.
Emerson, meanwhile, has only played six top-flight games all season, his last outing coming in December.
Chelsea eye Prem ‘genius’ transfer
Elsewhere, reports claim that Chelsea have Leicester midfielder James Maddison on their transfer radar.
The Englishman has enjoyed another strong season with the Foxes, lifting the FA Cup on Saturday.
He has a lengthy contract still to run, but Leicester have reportedly set a price tag on his head.