Chelsea fail to sell outcast after Inter agree €2m deal for alternative
Chelsea have failed to sell outcast Emerson Palmieri to Inter, with the Italian giants opting to sign former Manchester City left-back Aleksandar Kolarov for just €2 million from AS Roma instead.
The London club has been trying to sell Emerson and Marcos Alonso for some time, yet Inter thought that €25 million for Emerson would be too much, and have ended up going for one of their alternatives in Kolarov.
Whilst there was still some hope of Chelsea lowering their valuation, it now appears to be impossible that a compromise will be found, with Inter wanting to shore up other areas now that they have secured Kolarov.
According to football journalist Fabrizio Romano, an agreement between Inter and Roma is set to be completed in the coming hours, with Conte having the left-back that he asked for initially.
Kolarov might not be a long-term option for Conte, with the Serbian turning 35 in the coming months, yet he will provide steady cover until the club can find a player for the future.
Chelsea now have plenty of issues when it comes to offloading their players, with nobody wanting Emerson or Marcos Alonso for the prices that they are demanding, leaving them with no other choice but to keep them or sell them in January or in the windows after.
Emerson has also been heavily linked with Juventus, yet the Serie A champions seem to have pulled out of negotiations.
On the other hand, there have been no clubs that have even come close to the fee that Chelsea are demanding for Alonso.