Inter Milan ‘hoping to get discounted deal for Emerson Palmieri’ with Chelsea demanding £27m… but Antonio Conte is ‘not expecting any favours’ from his former club
- Inter Milan are poised to submit an offer for Chelsea defender Emerson Palmieri
- Ex-Blues boss Antonio Conte wants his former signing to join the Serie A giants
- Conte remains hopeful that Chelsea will lower their reported £27m asking price
- Palmieri’s current contract runs until 2022 and he wants to be Italy’s first choice
The Blues are believed to want £27million for the 25-year-old defender and Conte knows that his ties with the club, where he oversaw Premier League glory in 2017, are no guarantee of a cheaper asking price.
Inter CEO Beppe Marotta is hopeful of persuading Chelsea to part with Palmieri for less than their initial valuation of the former Roma star, who has not made a Premier League appearance since January.
Out-of-favour Chelsea left-back Emerson Palmieri is being linked with a switch to Inter Milan
Inter boss Antonio Conte signed Palmieri while he was in charge at Stamford Bridge in 2018
The Serie A giants sealed the signing of right-back Achraf Hakimi from Real Madrid for £36m earlier this month and are now keen to strengthen on the opposite flank.
The stumbling block could be strained relations between Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia and Conte, according to Tuttosport.
25-year-old Palmieri has hardly featured under Blues manager Frank Lampard in recent weeks
Conte’s reputation at Stamford Bridge is said to have been ‘severely cracked’ by the circumstances surrounding his departure in 2018.
The Nerazzurri boss signed Palmieri for £17.5m in January 2018 and is looking to build on a season in which Inter are currently trailing league leaders Juventus by five points.
Palmieri has seven caps for Italy and is hoping to become Roberto Mancini’s first-choice left-back for Euro 2020 next summer.
The former Roma defender could see a return to Serie A as a way of boosting his Italy chances