Serie A giants Inter Milan are reportedly keen on signing Chelsea full-back Emerson Palmieri this summer.
Emerson has made 14 Premier League appearances for the Blues this season though Frank Lampard is believed to be eager to sign a new left-back.
Leicester star Ben Chilwell is thought to be first choice though a fee could be a stumbling block with Alex Telles and Nicolas Tagliafico potential back-up options.
And with Chelsea hopeful of signing a new left-back, the end of his Stamford Bridge career could be near for Emerson.
Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte signed Emerson for Chelsea while in charge in west London.
Emerson Palmieri has fallen down the pecking order at Chelsea
And The Guardian claim the Italian boss is keen to make the signing again with Inter reportedly prepared to offer £18m for the 25-year-old.
It is believed that Emerson would consider the move as he is not a guaranteed starter at Chelsea and wants the best chance of being Italy’s first choice at next summer’s Euros.
Though Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta recently insisted the club hadn’t begun talks with Emerson.
Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte signed Emerson for Chelsea
“I understand the many questions about transfer speculation, but I can say we have not had any contact or opened any negotiation for Emerson Palmieri,” Marotta told DAZN.
“We are making evaluations for next season, but the most important issue remains this current campaign.”
And Blues boss Lampard previously added: “I’m not aware of the talks. What I am doing is focusing on the team and the squad day to day.
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