Serie A giants keep a close eye on €25m-rated Chelsea defender

The London giants have a couple of options in regards to the future of Emerson Palmieri, with Inter Milan to reignite negotiations over a permanent move and the Hammers eyeing a loan deal. Antonio Conte’s current club are ready to reopen negotiations for Emerson before the transfer window closes, whilst West Ham would prefer a loan move.

David Moyes’ side are in desperate need of strengthening their back-line as the Blues gear up for another campaign that will likely see them battling against relegation. Palmieri was signed by Maurizio Sarri in January 2018, the ace has endured a shaky time with the Blues and has fallen out of favour in the first-team since the turn of the year.

The Italian defender still has two years remaining on his deal so Blues are in a relatively safe negotiating position, the left-back was not part of the London club’s squad for their opening victory with Brighton.

Any West Ham swoop for Palmieri will be separate to Blues interest in former academy talent Declan Rice, with the Irons unwilling to consider the English midfielder’s sale. On the Inter front, it’s added that the Serie A side now sees Palmieri as a better long-term option than Marcos Alonso, following the recent signing of Aleksandr Kolarov.

Palmieri played 21 games last campaign, most of these outings came in the first half of the season, the defender had only a two-minute cameo in the PL following the restart. Blues signed the 26-year-old defender for £18m, Chelsea would be wise to move on either Alonso or Palmieri following the marquee signing of Ben Chilwell this summer.