Maurizio Sarri ‘set to raid his former club Chelsea for left-back Emerson Palmieri – with the 63-year-old keen on a reunion with the Italian at Lazio’
- Maurizio Sarri is reportedly keen on signing Chelsea left-back Emerson Palmieri
- The 27-year-old Italian defender spent last season on loan at French side Lyon
- And Lazio manager Sarri is thought to be interested in a reunion with Palmieri
Maurizio Sarri has made Chelsea defender Emerson Palmieri a priority transfer this summer, according to reports in Italy.
The Lazio boss worked with Emerson in his sole season at Chelsea in 2018-19, in which they won the Europa League, and is said to be keen on a reunion.
Football Italia has reported the left-back is equally as interested in a return to Italy, while Il Corriere dello Sport have claimed the Serie A side are poised to open talks with Chelsea regarding a move.
Maurizio Sarri has reportedly made Emerson Palmieri (right) a priority transfer this summer
The Chelsea left back (second right), who spent last season on loan at Lyon, worked with Lazio manager Sarri (second left) during the Italian’s sole campaign with the Blues in 2018-2019
The 27-cap Italy star – who won the Euros with the Azzurri last summer – spent last campaign on loan at French Lyon, making 29 Ligue 1 appearances and 36 in all competitions, scoring one goal.
Marcos Alonso was largely used as Ben Chilwell’s back-up at left wing-back, but with Alonso potentially joining Barcelona this summer, Blues boss Thomas Tuchel may want to keep Emerson as cover and competition for Chilwell.
The Premier League side are said to value him at around £13m, and with wages of around £80,000 a week, Lazio may have to negotiate a lower fee or salary if the deal is to go ahead.
And Sarri, 63, is said to be interested in a reunion with the defender, 27, in the Italian capital
But Chelsea are said to be willing to let him go if a suitable bid comes in, with funds needed to go after their summer targets Raheem Sterling and Jules Kounde.
Emerson has Serie A experience, having had a loan at Palermo and two full seasons with Roma from 2014-2017.
Juventus are also interested, but would reportedly need to sell Alex Sandro or Luca Pellegrini first.