£75,000-a-week Chelsea defender interests several Italian clubs

Inter Milan, Napoli and Juventus are currently monitoring Chelsea defender Emerson, according to reports.

The Italo-Brazilian has fallen out of favour in Frank Lampard’s team and finds himself behind Ben Chilwell and Marcos Alonso

However, he managed 21 games under Lampard the last term, moving in and out of the team before Marcos wrestled away the left-back position by the end of the campaign.

Emerson’s position came further under threat after the Blues signed Ben Chilwell from Leicester City this transfer window.

He was expected to move on for greener pastures, but a move away from Stamford Bridge never materialized.

However, it now appears that Palmieri might finally be able to put the Chelsea episode behind him soon.

The technically gifted Brazilian has only been seen in the Chelsea colours this term in the League Cup.

His only start has been versus Barnsley, where the Blues won 6-0, while Palmieri also came off the bench in the narrow defeat to Tottenham.

It is clear that the star does not feature heavily in Lampard’s plans right now, but the left-back could be on his way out of the club soon.

With Inter, Juventus, and Napoli all retaining their interest in the player at the moment, a return to Serie A might be on the cards for Palmieri.

The Brazilian’s tryst with the Italian top-flight began with a season-long loan with Palermo in the 2014/15 term before he went on to spend two and a half year with I Giallorossi.

He was especially good in the 2016/17 term, where he notched up 36 appearances for I Giallorossi and even scored a goal.

That ultimately secured a move to the Stamford Bridge outfit, which, sadly has not worked according to plans.

Premier League giants left-back hails 'very good' Chelsea keeper

New Chelsea shot-stopper Edouard Mendy made a serious impression on Manchester United defender Luke Shaw as the sides played out a goalless draw last week at Old Trafford.

Mendy arrived at the club from Rennes during the transfer window and has immediately made an impression, taking the gloves from the out-of-form Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The Senegalese star has kept clean sheets in three of his four matches for the Blues and pulled off some impressive saves versus the Red Devils on Saturday.

A late save from a curling Marcus Rashford shot was especially memorable, and Luke was frustrated and impressed by the 28-year-old stopper.

‘I feel like we created the better chances,’ the Englishman told Manchester United’s official website. ‘Their keeper made wonderful saves at times.

‘I was right behind it [Rashford’s shot] and, like I said, their keeper was very good today. He made a couple of very good saves that kept them in the game.’

Edouard did have one unusual moment when he nearly netted a bizarre own goal as he played a wayward pass towards defender Thiago Silva.

Completely misplacing the ball, the keeper very nearly played it straight into his own goal, but it slid past the post and out for a corner.

It was otherwise an assured and impressive display from the giant Edouard, though, as he earned his side a point.

Elsewhere, Chelsea’s Emerson Palmieri remains on the radar of Serie A outfits.

The Italy international has found himself behind Ben Chilwell in boss Frank Lampard’s early campaign plans.

Sky Sport Italia claims a January departure could be on for the Blues outcast.

Chelsea not giving up on transfer for 21-year-old West Ham key man

West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice is allegedly still a leading transfer target for Frank Lampard’s Chelsea.

The Blues were strongly mentioned with the 21-year-old over the summer, but the Hammers are believed to have made it clear that they wouldn’t consider offers of less than £70 million for the England international.

Declan has been in strong form for the Hammers in the early stages of the 2020-21 term and has captained David Moyes’s side in five of their six PL fixtures this term.

According to the Daily Star, the Blues are still intent on re-signing the holding midfielder, with Blues boss Frank Lampard viewing him as a number one transfer target.

The report, though, states that West Ham are currently drawing up a fresh contract for Rice, which would see him increase his wages to £120,000 per week, and are hopeful of agreeing a deal in the coming weeks.

Declan, who is now a vital player for the English national team under Gareth Southgate, was released from the Blues academy at the age of 14, having failed to make the grade at Chelsea.

Meanwhile, Chelsea defender Emerson Palmieri remains on the transfer radar of Serie A clubs.

Emerson, with a place in Italy’s Euros roster next summer on the line, has found himself behind Ben Chilwell in head coach Frank Lampard’s early season plans.

Sky Italia says a January exit could be on for the Italy international.

Napoli, Inter Milan and Juventus are all keen to bring the former AS Roma star back to Serie A.

For his part, Emerson is interested and willing to return to Italy midseason.