Emerson Palmieri is reportedly on the verge of departing Chelsea as he is unhappy with manager Frank Lampard’s ‘controlling’ style of management, according to the latest reports in Italy.
The left-back has fallen down the pecking order at the Blues since Lampard took charge and has failed to make the Blues’ last two match-day squads in the Premier League.
Frank has repeatedly been linked with a swoop for Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell, who could cost as much as £80 million in the summer.
And Tuttosport state Emerson is fed up with Lampard’s way of running rule over his roster, considering him a ‘sergeant’ and too controlling.
Serie A clubs Inter and Juventus are keen on bringing Emerson back to Italy after almost two years in England.
Bianconeri have former Blues manager Maurizio Sarri in charge at the club, while Antonio Conte is at the helm at Inter Milan and both managers are keen to work with Palmieri again.
Chelsea are prepared to let Emerson depart in the next transfer window, with the expectation another left-back will be purchased.
The 25-year-old could fetch as much as £28 million and it appears his international career might hinge on his exit from the Blues.
Having started just 13 times for Chelsea in the league this term, Italy coach Roberto Mancini urged Emerson to return to the Italian top-flight.
‘As for the full-backs, we knew Adam Masina, although he disappeared from the radar a bit after his move to Watford,’ Roberto told Gazzetta dello Sport.
‘Luca Pellegrini [the Cagliari full-back on loan from Juventus] already spent time with the senior squad and can improve.
‘It would be nice if Emerson Palmieri, who hasn’t played much for Chelsea, could come and play in Italy.’