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Jose Mourinho wants Chelsea’s Emerson Palmieri at Roma but Blues set hefty asking price

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Emerson Palmieri has been linked with a move back to Italy for some time (Picture: Getty Images)

Jose Mourinho is looking to raid his former club and bring Emerson Palmieri to Roma but Chelsea are asking for a fee of €25m (£21.4m) for the left-back.

Sky Sports report that Roma have already made contact with the Blues over a move for the 26-year-old as they look to find a replacement for the injured Leonardo Spinazzola.

Having impressed throughout Euro 2020, Spinazzola ruptured his Achilles tendon playing for Italy against Belgium in the quarter-finals and will be out for at least six months.

Emerson is set to replace him in the Italy starting XI in the semi-finals against Spain on Tuesday night and could do so for Roma as well, if Mourinho gets his wish.

Chelsea are reportedly requesting £21.4m for the full-back’s services, despite making just 32 Premier League appearances since arriving from Roma in January 2018.

The Blues only paid €20m for him and after making only two appearances in the league last season, with just one year left on his contract at Stamford Bridge, they may be lucky to make a profit on him this summer.

Emerson has found it easier to get into the Italy team than the Chelsea side in recent times, making five appearances for his country in 2021 and winning 17 caps in total since his 2017 debut.

His best season at Stamford Bridge came under Frank Lampard in 2019/20, when he made 15 Premier League appearances, but after the arrival of Ben Chilwell, he fell to third in the pecking order at left-back, also behind Marcos Alonso.


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