Chelsea are poised to complete their second signing of the January transfer window as they have agreed a £20 million deal with Roma for their highly-rated left-back Emerson Palmieri. The Evening Standard understands that the Italian will sign a four year deal at the London club and will receive net wages of £42,000 per week.
There is still some conjecture about the player’s valuation as Chelsea are also interested in signing his teammate Edin Dezeko in a double swoop from the Stadio Olimpico. The Bosnian is still contemplating over making a decision, which could see the Blues sign his teammate and come in with a late bid a few days before the transfer window slams shut.
Emerson’s arrival at Stamford Bridge coincides with Kenedy’s imminent exit on loan to Newcastle. Conte is not understood to be the player’s biggest fan as he has started him just five times this season, none of them have been in the Premier League. The Blues have allowed the Toons to begin negotiations with the player, and the moment he agrees to terms with the Tyneside outfit, Emerson could be announced as a Chelsea player.
His arrival is particularly due to Chelsea’s lack of quality reinforcements at left-back. Marcos Alonso has been in sublime form since joining the club last summer, but there are no quality like-for-like replacements should the player be injured or rested. Davide Zappacosta has been used as a makeshift left-back on occasion, but Emerson’s arrival could pave the way for a competition for places at the London club.
Emerson has missed the majority of this season due to a serious knee ligament injury, but now seems to be back to full fitness, and could prove to be a vital addition to the Chelsea setup. He set to undergo his medical within the next few days, and Conte would heave a sigh of relief after being overly critical of Chelsea’s transfer dealings of late.