There’s news in the London Evening Standard that Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is interested in signing Brazilian left-back Emerson Palmieri, who Newcastle have been closely linked with over the last month or two.
However, Newcastle cannot afford the fee of £25M (what else is new?), but it looks like Chelsea are closing in on a move for the Brazilian who now has Italian citizenship.
Palmieri was a regular in the first team last season but is playing second fiddle to Aleksandar Kolarov this season.
Kolarov moved to Roma from Manchester City last summer on a three year deal for €5M – it’s a pity we didn’t go after the experienced Premier League left-back.
Emerson Palmieri – 23-year-old Brazilian left-back
Palmieri has returned from a severe knee ligament injury, but he wants first team football and would move to Chelsea.
The 23-year-old has made only three appearances this season, and if owner Mike Ashley would allow Rafa to spend some of the club’s money, we could have possibly have had the player at Newcastle.
But Newcastle play second fiddle financially to almost every other Premier League club these days.
Or so it seems.
The good news for Newcastle is that if Conte is successful in bringing in Palmieri, he will allow Kenedy to move to Newcastle on loan for the rest of the season.
It will be interesting to see whether Rafa will still try to sign Crystal Palace left-back Pape Souare on loan this month if he is successful in bringing in Kenedy.
If Rafa is planning to use Kenedy in an attacking position (we need more goals) he could also bring in Souare – but we shall see.
Potentially some good news – for a change – after yesterday’s sad events.