Chelsea Stay in Italy But Shift Left-Back Target

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Frustrated by Juventus refusal to negotiate the sale of Alex Sandro, 26, Chelsea moved onto Emerson Palmieri, Roma‘s 23-year-old Brazilian to solve their left-back dilemma, an Evening Standard report claims.

The Blues tracked Sandro for more than a year and were rebuffed each time they approached the Bianconeri for the Brazil international’s services. Earlier this month, progress looked like it was being made with talk of a £62m deal being completed.

It proved another false dawn and Chelsea’s attention is now focused on Emerson who recently took up Italian citizenship, following his maternal family line. Having been capped at Under-17 level by Brazil, his path to the senior team is blocked and the left-back is now eligible for Giampiero Venturi’s squad.

Like Alex Telles, 26, the Blues hope to complete a cheaper deal for Emerson, at around £20m. Knee ligament damage saw Roma sign Aleksandar Kolarov signed on a free transfer from Manchester City and his form is keeping Emerson out of the side.

Kenedy, 21, is waiting on the Blues to sign a left-sided midfielder so that he can join Newcastle United on a loan deal until the end of the season as a prelude to a permanent deal in the summer.

Defensively, Chelsea are looking to sell David Luiz, 30, this window after he fell from Conte’s grace.