Inter Milan have reportedly met Chelsea’s asking price for defender Emerson Palmieri after the club reportedly put the defender up for sale this summer.
The 25-year-old has struggled to get into the Frank Lampard’s team, featuring just once (against Leicester City in the FA Cup quarterfinal) in over five months.
Lampard’s dissatisfaction with his left-back options is more and more apparent, having deployed Cesar Azpilicueta as a left-back against Watford over both Emerson and Marcos Alonso.
Emerson and Alonso have each featured in 14 Premier League matches this season, but the latter is arguably ahead in the pecking order at the moment.
According to a report from Tuttomercatoweb, Chelsea have included the Italy international among their for-sale list.
Inter Milan have reportedly tabled an offer of €20million (£18.1m) plus €5m (£4.5m), slightly below Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia’s €30m (£27.1m) reported asking price for the fullback.
Interestingly, the report also claimed Inter have offered Emerson a pay rise from €3m (£2.7m)-a-year he earns at Stamford Bridge to a €4m (£3.6m)-a-year on a five-year deal.
Two other Serie A clubs are also monitoring the situation, but Inter’s offer outperform Napoli, while Juventus would have to offload their first-choice left-back Alex Sandro, the report said.
Italy manager Roberto Mancini has previously urged Emerson to return to Serie A to increase his chance of making Italy’s Euro squad next year.
“It would be nice if Emerson Palmieri, who hasn’t played much for Chelsea, could come and play in Italy,” the former Manchester City boss told Gazzetta dello Sport.
Inter also has a familiar face for Emerson in former manager Antonio Conte.
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