Chelsea put £17m price tag on Inter and Napoli target


Chelsea put £17m price tag on Inter and Napoli target
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Chelsea have reportedly placed a £17 million price tag on out of favour defender Emerson Palmieri, who has been linked with moves to Serie A.


The 26-year-old has struggled for game-time this season, playing just twice in the Premier League this season, and he is yet to get some minutes in the league under Thomas Tuchel.


Chelsea are reportedly ready to listen to offers after deeming him surplus to requirements at the club.


According to Italian news source Calciomercato (via Daily Mail), the London-based club are willing to let the Italian full-back leave for £17 million in the summer.


The two teams that have shown the most interest in Emerson are Inter and Napoli, with the two Italian clubs wanting to add to their options in defence.


Inter manager Antonio Conte is the man who brought Emerson to Stamford Bridge in 2018, whilst he was still the manager of Chelsea.


Napoli are also interested in bringing Emerson back to Serie A, with Gennaro Gattuso wanting more competition for current starting left-back Elseid Hysaj.


Emerson was signed by Chelsea from AS Roma for £18 million, and so Chelsea are willing to take a loss of £1 million on the player to free up some wages.


Chelsea have plenty of options at full-back, with Ben Chilwell and Marcos Alonso being the preferred options at left-back by Tuchel.


Whilst speaking on Emerson's situation at the club recently, Tuchel claimed that "I have another guy who I would love to mention in Emerson who suffers from bad decisions by me."


"He does not play but he is an amazing guy who trains at the highest level and he never lets the team down with his mentality. It was a super hard decision today to have him out of the squad, the same with Tammy [Abraham]."


"It is like this, we have a strong group. The guys have to keep on fighting. There's no other way."


Emerson's last game for Chelsea was in the FA Cup in February, as Chelsea won 1-0 against Barnsley, yet his career in England looks set to be over.