Chelsea defender Emerson Palmieri is reportedly wanted by Champions League regulars Juventus.

According to the Daily Express, the Italian giants are “still interested” in the 25-year-old despite seeing a summer move for him knocked back.

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With Maurizio Sarri’s Juventus keen on the left-back, the Blues have responded by opening talks with him about a new contract.

The report explains that Chelsea are holding discussions with the Italy international about extending his current deal at Stamford Bridge and want to wrap it up before the January transfer window.

His current contract expires in West London expires in 2022, but he could be handed a fresh one to reward him for his performances.

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Emerson has managed to overtake Marcos Alonso in the full-back pecking order and played every minute of the new campaign under manager Frank Lampard so far.

It’s a great decision for Chelsea to tie down his future with Juventus lingering, as he’s certainly taken his opportunity in the team and is becoming a crucial player.

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He’s improving every game defensively and looks the most settled right now in the back four, while offensively he’s a threat too with his pace and trickery.

The Blues have seen Alonso lose his form ever since the move away from wing-backs and Emerson is an all-action defender much more suited to a traditional full-back role.

Lampard is clearly a big admirer and a new deal would show a great sign of faith, which looks justified by Chelsea.

He’s an underrated player that is developing into one of the best left-backs in the Premier League and the signs are he will only keep improving.

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