Fringe star ‘will leave’ Chelsea but new price emerges to ring alarm bells

Reports in Italy have named a third Italian club said to be keen on Chelsea’s Emerson Palmieri, with an interesting price tag put on the defender.

Palmieri, 26, looks set to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer after failing to secure a regular first-team spot. Signed from Roma in January 2018, the left-back has made only 23 Premier League starts among 32 appearances. And the Brazilian-born star has played just 89 minutes of league football in 2020-2021. He has seen more action in other competitions, with 20 outings in Europe – including six in this season’s Champions League.

The Italy international scored the second goal as the Blues beat Atletico Madrid 2-0 on March 17. That was to complete a 3-0 aggregate success and they have now advanced to the semi-finals where Real Madrid await.

It remains to be seen if Thomas Tuchel gives him the nod to face Los Blancos. Whatever happens, it does seem likely that Palmieri will be on his way at the end of the campaign.

When asked abut his future, the former Santos player has remained coy. Both AC Milan and Napoli have been linked and now Inter’s name has been added to his list of suitors.

Antonio Conte brought him to west London and the Italian is now in charge of the Serie A table-toppers. Therefore the link is obvious although there is likely to be competition.

Tuttosport (via Sport Witness) are suggesting he is now Inter Milan’s ‘favourite’ target for the left-back position.

Price difference may halt Palmieri switch

Back in March Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia reportedly put a £17m (€20m) price on Palmieri’s head. But Tuttosport add that the capital outfit ‘shouldn’t demand more than €12m or €15m for his move’.

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That is a significant difference and one that will require the parties involved to get their heads together. It is thought that the full-back favours a return to Italy and most of the interest comes from Serie A clubs.

West Ham were the only English club thought to be keen in January but nothing materialised. There is still a chance he might say but, with Ben Chilwell and Marcos Alonso ahead of him, a fresh challenge could suit all concerned.

Inter are runaway leaders of Italy’s top division and look set to end Juventus’s monopoly of the Scudetto. It would therefore be an attractive move for Palmieri.

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