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Chelsea news round-up: Agent on Emerson future, Leeds chase Gallagher, Drinkwater to Italy



Entourage confirms Serie A interest in 26-year-old Chelsea star

Emerson Palmieri’s entourage has admitted that a return to Italy is a possibility for the Chelsea man before the transfer window slams shut.

The former Roma defender has been linked with a host of Italian clubs, with his future at Stamford Bridge under the scanner following the club’s acquisition of Ben Chilwell from Leicester City.

Juventus have been touted with an interest in Emerson, but it is Napoli who are at present leading the hunt as sporting director Cristiano Guintoli tries to land the Chelsea man on loan.

Inside Futbol claims that intermediaries are working on a move for Emerson to join Napoli, with a possible loan deal with an obligation to buy set at between €25 million and €30 million in the works.

Now Emerson’s representative has admitted that a return to Italy could happen, though he isn’t willing to comment on specific clubs.

Asked by Inside Futbol whether Palmieri could join Bianconeri or Partenopei, agent Fernando Garcia replied: “I cannot say anything right now.”

Pressed on whether a return to Serie A is possible for Emerson, he said: “Yes.”

He is under contract with Chelsea until June of 2022 and made 21 appearances in all competitions for Frank Lampard’s side last term.

Emerson joined the Blues from Roma in the January 2018 transfer market and his stock remains high in Serie A.

Meanwhile, Leeds United are allegedly keen to sign Chelsea youngster Conor Gallagher on a permanent basis.

Having made an impact on loan at Charlton Athletic and Swansea City last campaign, the academy product is expected to spend his next temporary stint at a Premier League club.

PL rivals keen on landing Chelsea youngster on permanently

Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United reportedly want to sign Chelsea youngster Conor Gallagher on a permanent deal.

The 20-year-old ace is due to sign a new contract at the club before being allowed out on loan with a number of clubs pushing for his signature.

West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa have already pushed their claims to take the England youth international for the season but Leeds have such faith Conor will fit into Marcelo Bielsa’s style they are ready to buy him.

The west Londoners are unlikely to agree to that though as head coach Frank Lampard rates Gallagher highly.

Leeds recruitment has stalled recently amid rival interest in their targets, notably Udinese’s key man Rodrigo de Paul and centre-back Josko Gvardiol from Dinamo Zagreb, whom Leeds agreed a £19 million fee for.

They have explored alternatives with Barcelona’s Rafinha, Liverpool’s Harry Wilson and PSG’s Julian Draxler among them.

Meantime, Frank Lampard has dismissed reports Mason Mount was unsettled by Kai Havertz’s big-money Blues arrival as “absolutely fabricated”.

Reports in Germany stated Mount had been threatened by Kai’s move from Bayer Leverkusen, though the England midfielder’s dad rubbished the suggestions on Twitter.

And now Chelsea boss Lampard has rejected those assertions, insisting his homegrown players have relished the summer’s high-profile arrivals.

“I saw the story about Mason Mount, I know it was absolutely fabricated from somebody, particularly if it came from the German end,” said Frank.

“I don’t know if he’s got any friends or relatives over there he would talk to, it’s a strange angle for that to come from Mason.”

Sampdoria emerge as surprise destination for £35m Chelsea flop

Danny Drinkwater could reportedly land a shock reunion with Claudio Ranieri at Serie A side Sampdoria.

The star’s career has fallen apart amid personal problems since signing for Chelsea in 2017, a year after winning the PL under Ranieri at Leicester.

And an Italian newspaper Il Secolo XIX suggest an intermediary has asked Serie A outfit if they want to consider the three-cap former England man.

Danny has opened up on his incredible saga of the past two terms, including drink-driving, headbutting a team-mate and being attacked in a club.

A sports psychologist is helping the Blues outcast as he battles back from playing just six times on loan for Aston Villa and Burnley last season.

And Drinkwater reveals off-field “mistakes” have hampered his fortunes.

When struggling at the Villa and frustrated by his lack of match sharpness, Danny headbutted team-mate Jota in training.

He told the Telegraph: “I apologised straight away and I had to go home.

“I texted him straight after to apologise and take full responsibility. I Google translated it into Spanish as well to make sure he’d understand.”

And while with Burnley Danny was assaulted in a club.

The Englishman said: “Someone said I had tried to chat up some footballer’s girlfriend, but that just wasn’t the case. I got jumped and beaten up.

“The timing was awful and the fact I twisted my ankle was the worst thing. It was just like: ‘Could this get any worse?'”

And of an April 2019 drink-driving ban, the ex-Leicester ace added: “Obviously, my mental state wasn’t the best, but it was ridiculous and it should never have happened.”