Chelsea face losing Italian duo in summer

Juventus have lined up Chelsea defender Emerson Palmieri as a potential replacement for Alex Sandro this transfer window.

The £70 million-rated Brazil international was previously a target of the Blues, but the Bianconeri rebuffed their advances, rejecting multiple offers for the South American. After another impressive season in Turin, Alex Sandro could well be on the move.

Having endured a challenging start to his Stamford Bridge career, playing second fiddle to the buccaneering Marcos Alonso, Maurizio Sarri soon started to find more comfort in Emerson Palmieri’s ability to couple both defensive discipline with an eye for goal.

The Italian defender’s more reliable displays towards the back end of the campaign saw him entrusted with playing a starring role in the victory of the Europa League final, where he helped assist Olivier Giroud’s first goal.

Emerson Palmieri has benefited greatly from an increase in his playing minutes, creating active combination play with his teammates both internationally and domestically.

The 24-year-old once again showed his recent resurgence in form as he picked up the man of the match award in the 3-0 win over Greece last weekend.

Juventus have been admirers of the full-back, having tried to sign him in the summer of 2017, only for a severe knee injury to rule him out for up to laf year.

The Serie A champions have now revived their interest in the Chelsea star, and they are confident of securing lucrative deals not just for the defender but also for Maurizio Sarri.