Report: Club deems Chelsea director Granovskaia's transfer demands for defender unaffordable
Napoli find the transfer fee demanded by Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia for Emerson Palmieri too expensive as they look for alternative solutions, according to Calciomercato.
The 26-year-old seems to have attracted a lot of interest from his home country Italy.
Various reports have linked Emerson with interest from Inter Milan, Roma, and Napoli.
Calciomercato claims that Napoli consider the Chelsea defender as the main target for the left-back position.
Emerson himself is reportedly keen to reunite with Luciano Spalletti whom he previously worked with at Roma.
According to the Italian news outlet, there was already direct contact between Chelsea and Roma last week.
Chelsea director Granovskaia reportedly made it clear that they would want a €20million (£17m) initial fee plus up to €5m (£4.3m) in add-ons for Emerson.
But as has often been the case in the last year since the pandemic outbreak, most teams, including Napoli, just do not have a lot of money to invest in the transfer market.
The report further added that while Napoli do not seem to be willing to meet Chelsea’s demand, they still plan to meet with Emerson’s agents to find another solution.
Considering the number of Italian clubs reportedly interested in Emerson, Chelsea might want to keep their demand for a little longer.
But it seems obvious that Chelsea are also under pressure to offload him this summer.
The Italy international’s contract at Stamford Bridge will expire next summer, and this summer may well be the last opportunity for Chelsea to recoup the £17.6m (plus £7m in add-ons) that they paid for the defender back in 2018 (Sky Sports).