Sport Witness come bearing fresh transfer news today, publishing a story this evening with quotes from Emerson Palmieri’s agent, translated from Italy.
Quotes from agents are always good, because (assuming they’re accurate) they give you a direct window on to at least one side of negotiations. It’s not like Chelsea are going to be telling you what their position is.
Representative Fernando Garcia made things incredibly clear in his statement:
“Chelsea have no intention of depriving themselves of Emerson Palmieri right now. He’s happy in London and so now he won’t change clubs.”
This all makes sense. He’s had a bad stretch, but he’s still an important option in the position. He started at the weekend once again, for example.
Long term, Frank Lampard may not want him as part of the squad he builds for the future, but for the next 6 months he will likely be a regular sub for Azpi, assuming he continues as first choice on the left.
What it means for Marcos Alonso’s future is anyone’s guess…