Napoli determined to sign €20m-rated Chelsea defender

Napoli have stepped up their pursuit of Emerson Palmieri. The Chelsea defender has been identified as a crucial target by new manager Luciano Spalletti, who wants a reunion after playing a vital role in the footballer’s success at Roma a few years ago.

Napoli, in fact, have registered an offer of only under €15m to prise Palmieri away from Chelsea. Although Blues are open to selling their unwanted left-back, it does fall short of their reported valuation of €20m.

The disparity in value isn’t too much, but the recent reports suggesting Inter Milan’s interest in Emerson should give Blues the leverage to stay put on their valuation for now.

It is believed that the 26-year-old defender is ready to play a crucial role in giving the PL giants the upper hand over PSG in pursuit of Achraf Hakimi, as Inter Milan are interested in left-back, in addition to Andreas Christensen.

Such interest from Italian clubs for the services of Italy international is quite surprising, though, as the footballer never really got going in the PL. During his time at Chelsea, the Italian has struggled with a lack of playing time, playing only six league games this past campaign, falling behind Chilwell and Marcos Alonso in the pecking order.

Clubs are perhaps being swayed by the success Palmieri had during his time in Italy. Under Spaletti at Roma, the Italian international was a major force in the left-back position, especially in the 2016/17 season. His displays even helped Roma become Juventus’ main competitors for a time.