West Ham enter the battle for €25m-rated Chelsea left-back

West Ham United have identified Chelsea player, Emerson Palmieri, as one of their left-back targets for this transfer window. West Ham United’s have identified the back-line as the prime place that needs bolstering, with the London club possibly in line for another relegation battle this campaign.

It’s reiterated that this possible swoop will bare no impact on Blues pursuit of Hammers midfielder Declan Rice, with David Moyes’ side completely ruling out Englishman’s exit in this window. Palmieri played 21 games across all tournaments last campaign, but Emerson out of favour at the turn of the year and has seen very little action since.

With Chelsea recruiting Ben Chilwell as their long-term left-back in a marquee move, the London giants would be wise to part with either of Italy international or the attack-minded Marcos Alonso.

Blues have proven to be one of the best teams when it comes to negotiating sales in recent years, whether they can recoup the £18m they paid for the Italian defender in winter 2018 stays to be seen though.

The 26-year-old defender will be allowed to leave this summer following the arrival of Ben Chilwell from Foxes after the English manager looked to acquire a long-term signing at left-back. It will likely see Cesar Azpilicueta or Marcos Alonso start at left-back against the Seagulls as Palmieri receives more interest.

West Ham United are looking to add to their full-backs and have put the Italian defender on their shortlist among other targets. Inter Milan have also shown interest in Emerson this summer, with Antonio Conte keen to reunite with the left-back.