Report: Maurizio Sarri ‘insists’ on signing £24m player from Chelsea, Blues ready to sell him
Reports from Italy suggest Lazio manager Maurizio Sarri is keen on a reunion with Chelsea’s Emerson Palmieri.
According to Corriere Dello Sport, the Blues are prepared to listen to offers for the 27-year-old, with Ben Chilwell firmly establishing himself as the number one left-back option at the club.
Emerson spent last season on loan at Lyon, making 35 appearances across Ligue 1 and the Europa League.
The Italian international was signed by Chelsea from Roma for £24m, spending the majority of his time as a deputy to Marcos Alonso.
The Spaniard is also rumoured to be leaving this summer, with Barcelona and the player said to be keen on completing a deal this summer.
While Alonso’s departure may leave the club short in terms of bodies in the left-back role, Emerson is also now linked with a move away.
Lazio are a club in need of signing for this role, with Corriere Dello Sport reporting that manager Sarri ‘insists’ on the 27-year-old being chosen to fill that void.
The move would see the pair reunite after their brief spell together at Stamford Bridge, with the 63-year-old trusting Emerson with a start in the Europe League final, where the Blues beat Arsenal 4-1.
Chelsea need to be careful when making sales this summer, as selling both Alonso and Emerson would see only Chilwell being available as a recognisable option for left-back.
The Italian international has previously claimed he would be happy to fulfil a squad role if Thomas Tuchel required, and keeping hold of him would save the Blues having to enter the market for another position.
The club are already massively busy in looking at centre-backs, strikers and wingers this summer, so adding another position which needs to be strengthened could be deemed unnecessary.