According to a report from Area Napoli, West Ham were the ‘closest club’ to Chelsea ace Emerson Palmieri. But we have now been overtaken in the race to sign the left-back by Inter Milan and Juventus.

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The Athletic’s David Ornstein claimed in September that the Hammers wanted to sign the 26-year-old Blues ace.

The Sun claimed in the summer that Emerson faces a bleak future at Stamford Bridge with Frank Lampard keen to move the Italian on.

The left-back, who earns £75,000 per week (Spotrac), arrived at Chelsea from Roma in January 2018 for around £24.6 million (Sky Sports).

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Emerson Palmieri (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

And despite struggling to establish himself at Stamford Bridge, Emerson would be a decent addition for West Ham.

Area Napoli claims that the Hammers will have their work cut out if they want to sign the 26-year-old, however. Inter Milan and Juventus are said to be ramping up their interest in the Chelsea ace.

 

Emerson is ideally suited to playing as a wing-back what with his attacking style.

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Emerson Palmieri in action (Photo by Neil Hall – Pool/2020 Getty Images)

In 15 Premier League outings for Chelsea last season, the former Roma ace averaged 1.5 tackles, 1.2 interceptions and 0.9 clearances per game (Who Scored).

The 26-year-old is technically gifted and has a certain kind of flair that the West Ham fans would absolutely love. He isn’t the best defender. But when playing in the wing-back role, as Arthur Masuaku is doing now, you are afforded the luxury of not having to be so resolute defensively.

Emerson would be a very wise addition considering our lack of strength in depth in the left wing-back department. As long as we can pick him up for a decent fee.

Whether we will be able to beat the likes of Inter Milan and Juventus to the Chelsea ace’s signature, however, remains to be seen.

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