Juventus confident in going Chelsea defender Emerson Palmieri as Maurizio Sarri targets return

Emerson Palmieri was signed from Roma in 2018, has been kept out of Frank Lampard’s starting line-up by Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta.

Chelsea are already in the market for another full-back, with Leicester ace Ben Chilwell high on his wish-list.

Tuttosport claim that Juventus will use this to their advantage in snaring Emerson by offering the Londoners a swap deal involving Alex Sandro.

Chelsea had quoted a £22million asking price for the Italy defender, but could be tempted into a transfer that involved one Brazilian defender for another.

Alex Sandro has been a long-term target for the Blues but Juventus value their player at a higher price than Emerson meaning Lampard will also have to shell out a fee.

Sarri meanwhile is keen to reunite with his former student Emerson – who is one of his “favourite” Chelsea players.

Emerson was instrumental in helping the Italian coach win the Europa League, his first silverware as manager last season and the pair were almost reunited last summer.

The defender for his part denied that he is looking for a move away from Chelsea due to a bust-up with Lampard.

Emerson wrote on Instagram: “The world is going through a really difficult moment and there are journalists who want to spread fake news around to have content.

“I don’t speak too much, but here is my only and last statement regarding this news.

“I never said that and I think definitely the opposite of what was mentioned (without my knowledge). Respect and gratitude always. Enjoy your family.”

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