Fabrizio Romano claims player is close to Chelsea exit after agreement

Chelsea defender Emerson Palmieri is close to leaving Stamford Bridge after the club reached an agreement with West Ham over transfer fees, according to Fabrizio Romano.

Following the arrival of Marc Cucurella, whom Thomas Tuchel considers as an option for both left centre-back and wing-back option, it was clear that Emerson has become a surplus to requirements at Chelsea.

As things stand, Chelsea have four left-backs at their disposal, including Ben Chilwell and Marcos Alonso, and one or two of them are expected to leave the club this summer.

Alonso has been linked with Barcelona, whose desire to move to Spain has been confirmed by Tuchel himself, while according to Romano, Emerson is close to switching to another London side.

“Emerson Palmieri deal is fully agreed between clubs [Chelsea and West Ham] since yesterday,” the Italian transfer expert wrote on Twitter.

“[The agreement is] £13million fixed fee plus £2m in add-ons.

“There are still things to discuss on the player’s side.”

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Previously, Romano claimed club co-owner Todd Boehly was the one who decided to sell the 28-year-old, who still has two years left in his contract, this summer.

Boehly was said to set an asking price of £15m, which is close to West Ham’s reported offer.

Players’ high salary demands have proved to be problematic in previous potential deals for Chelsea, so this could still be the case in this time.

Like in the last few years, Chelsea are having a hard time selling their players this summer. Timo Werner’s return to RB Leipzig has been the club’s only sale so far.

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