Chelsea star Emerson Palmieri No1 transfer target for Napoli with clubs 'haggling' over £13m fee

Chelsea star Emerson Palmieri No1 transfer target for Napoli with clubs 'haggling' over £13m fee

June 17, 2021

NAPOLI are reportedly in talks with Chelsea over a deal for Italy international Emerson Palmieri.

The left-back, who joined the Premier League side in 2018, currently finds himself third choice behind Marcos Alonso and Ben Chilwell.

And with only a year to run on his contract, it is widely speculated that he will be allowed to leave Chelsea this summer.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Napoli have made the 26-year-old their top target.

Emerson is valued at around £13million by the Blues yet the Neapolitans hope to knock that down to £10m.

The Serie A side are also hoping to reduce the player's wages due to the difficult economic circumstances.

Currently earning £75,000-a-week, that figure reportedly does not fit into Napoli's planned salary structure.

Yet coach Luciano Spalletti may compel his club to bite the bullet regardless given how highly he values Emerson.

The pair worked at Roma together for 18 months before the defender's move to England for an initial £17m.

Emerson is currently away at Euro 2020 with Italy but has remained on the bench for both of the Azzurri's opening group games.


Should Napoli fail to complete a deal, reports suggest they will move onto Groningen star Gabriel Gudmundsson.

The Swede has also been linked with AC Milan, RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City.

And an agreement with the Eredivisie club could come at less than £4m.

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