Chelsea in for Roma defender Emerson Palmieri

Chelsea has made an enquiry for Roma left-back, Emerson Palmieri, according to Sky Italia journalist, Gianluca Di Marzio.

Emerson, 23, began his career at Santos and loaned to Palermo for the 2014-15 season, making nine appearances. He was then loaned to Roma as the second-choice left-back behind Lucas Digne. Emerson was bought for a fee of €2 million in December 2016 after making 12 appearances.

The Brazilian has only played 16 minutes of football this season after recovering from an anterior-cruciate ligament injury.

Former Manchester City left-back, Aleksandar Kolarov has cemented the left-back position in the Serie A side. With Roma desperate for a sale in order to balance the books, they appear open to Emerson’s departure. They would rather sell Emerson as opposed to players like Kevin Strootman and Radja Nainggolan, the latter was linked with Chelsea last summer.

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Emerson in action for A.S. Roma.

Emerson would be a younger, more financially viable option to Alex Sandro. Alex Sandro has proved troublesome to acquire and it now looks like Antonio Conte has given up that pursuit.

Chelsea are likely to face competition for Emerson after Juventus and Liverpool have been linked to the Roma fullback.  A left-field signing appears typical for Chelsea in the transfer window – for example Davide Zappacosta in the summer. A left wing-back signing would almost certainly appease manager Antonio Conte who is growing ever more frustrated.

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Chris Bradford

20. Chelsea FC. Student at University of Liverpool. Twitter: @ChrisUTC97

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