Italian media expect Emerson Palmieri to push for a transfer out of Chelsea this summer, citing the left back’s lack of playing time as the main motivation.
While Emerson has featured a bit more than fellow left back Marcos Alonso, he’s certainly not part of Lampard’s preferred starting XI either, with Cesar Azpilicueta usually moving across from the right flank these days to make room for Reece James instead. Given Emerson’s relatively poor performances, especially as of late, that’s not too surprising. Only Ross Barkley, Pedro, and Michy Batshuayi have been rated worse on average by Chelsea fans than the 25-year-old former AS Roma man.
Tuttosport (via Forza Italian Football) therefore expect that Emerson “will request a transfer at the end of the season”, apparently with a view towards reuniting with Maurizio Sarri — assuming that Sarri sees a second season at Juventus of course.
Emerson will have two years left on his contract at Chelsea after this season, which will make this summer the ideal time to decide his future.