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.
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.
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.