The summer arrival of left back Ben Chilwell has meant the end of the road for both Emerson Palmieri and Marcos Alonso, certainly at least in terms of playing time. The two backups have 563 minutes combied between themselves, as a healthy Chilwell is nigh on undroppable.
Just as in the summer, that makes Emerson and Alonso prime candidates for an exit as soon as the transfer window reopens next month, with clubs in Italy, especially Inter Milan, continually rumored to be interested in bringing either one of them back to the Serie A.
However, according to Emerson’s agent, Fernando Garcia, it will be difficult to arrange a transfer or even a loan in favourable terms for the interested parties, since Chelsea understandably want some money out of the deal.
“Emerson Palmieri to Inter on a free loan? Absolutely not. Chelsea eventually wants to monetize his sale. Not having liquidity is a problem.”
“Some teams have already done enquiries, but I don’t reveal which ones. How much does it cost? We haven’t talked about it.”
-Fernando Garcia; source: FCInterNews via Google Translate
Chelsea are unlikely to allow both Emerson and Alonso to leave since Chilwell still needs a backup. Emerson does have only 18 months left on his contract, compared to Alonso’s 30, but he has featured more often lately, especially after the apparent falling out between the older Alonso and head coach Frank Lampard.
Either way, January is likely to bring some clarity in this situation (just as in the Tomori situation).