Chelsea demand €15m for Emerson Palmieri amid Lazio links

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Chelsea are set to demand €15m for defender Emerson Palmieri, with Lazio reportedly interested in the left-back.

According to Corriere della Sera, relayed by Sport Witness, Lazio will have to pay 15 million euros to sign Emerson Palmieri from Chelsea, the Italian defender being ready to leave Stamford Bridge. The Serie A club are expected to start talks over multiple deals with the Blues and could negotiate a transfer for the full-back.

Emerson Palmieri’s time at Chelsea is likely to be coming to an end, and a return to Italy is being strongly mooted for the full-back. After spending last season on loan with Lyon, the Italy international could return to his native country if things go as planned.

Despite growing speculation around Marcos Alonso’s future, Thomas Tuchel is happy to see him leave the club. For now, Ben Chilwell remains their first-choice left-back, and the England international has recently returned from a serious knee injury.

Emerson could have returned to Chelsea in January after an injury crisis enveloped the club, but Lyon refused to sanction an early release for the Italian. Now that he’s back at Stamford Bridge, the left-back is likely to leave permanently, with Lazio showing an eagerness to sign him.

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The Italian capital club are currently managed by former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, who worked under Emerson. Lazio are in the market for additions to several positions while anticipating some sales, with Sergej Milinkovic-Savic looking likely to be their star departure.

The midfielder is linked with Chelsea, among other clubs, and Lazio plan to hold discussions over several deals with the Blues in the coming days, including those for Milinkovic-Savic, Emerson and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who could replace the Serb in the Lazio midfield.

As for Emerson’s case, Chelsea want €15m for the left-back, who has two years left on his contract. The demand might not seem excessive but they might look for common ground during the negotiations given that Lazio are operating on a tight budget.

Lazio may also have to pay Emerson a €4m salary which could be achievable for the Italian giants. Sarri is hoping for the transfer as he wants to reunite with one of his former players. Emerson will be a solid addition to the Roma club as they look to push for the title next season.

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