Players leveraging good performances at major international tournaments into big transfers in club football is a fairly common occurrence, even in this age of improved scouting methods and data analysis, and one player who might do that this summer is Italy wing-back Leonardo Spinazzola.
The former Siena prospect has spent the last two years at AS Roma, finally finding a team to call home after seven years in Juve’s loan army, but as one of the Azzurri’s most outstanding players thus far at Euro 2020, the 28-year-old is starting to pop up in the rumor mill fairly frequently — and that despite AS Roma appointing José Mourinho to be their next manager.
Real Madrid have been linked, and so have Chelsea, as per Il Messaggero (via Mirror), with the right-footed Spinazzola certainly a capable option at wing-back on either flank. He does prefer left, where Chelsea already have too many players, but both Marcos Alonso and Emerson could conceivably leave this summer — though we’ve heard that story many times before.
Alonso has recently admitted that it’s been yet another frustrating season for him, though with two more years still left on his Chelsea contract, transfer options will remain limited.
“This season I didn’t play as much as I wanted. But when Thomas came, I had my chances and played some good games. I was happy to be back helping the team on the pitch.
“The hardest part is to be training every day, doing good in training, keeping fit, and seeing you don’t get a lot of minutes. It’s tough. But [I’m] happy things change after a while, and that’s what keeps [me going] during the tough times.”
Ben Chilwell’s spot as the starting left/wing-back isn’t really under threat, and even more so than for Alonso, that should motivate Emerson to find a new team.
The 26-year-old has reportedly enlisted the help of superagent Pini Zahavi recently to help him in that quest, so perhaps one of these constant Napoli or Inter Milan rumors will turn out to be true — though Chelsea will still have to make our peace with getting something less than €20m for him, as per latest reports out of Italy.
Emerson Palmieri cambia agente: il terzino si affida al potente Pini Zahavi #Calciomercato— Bruno Galvàn (@BrunoGalvan85) June 30, 2021
Of course, part of the reason we’re in this predicament is our propensity for over-spending on squad and rotational players, so perhaps a better solution would be to fill the spots left open by the likes of Alonso and Emerson with players from the Academy. It’s not like we’re hurting for talent there.
That doesn’t make for good transfer rumors however, so here’s another one instead. Chelsea are supposedly keeping tabs on Denmark’s Joakim Maehle, who’s turned a few heads with two goals and good performances in what’s been a dramatic quarterfinal campaign thus far. The 24-year-old plays his club football at Atalanta, who seem to have a knack for unearthing desirable talent. Those two factors combined, it’s not surprising to see Maehle linked with the likes of Inter Milan (to replace Achraf Hakimi) or Chelsea (as an alternative target for Adama Traoré, whom we’re still tracking apparently) — though this Maehle story is probably nothing to get too invested in, for now, even if Tutto Atalanta are claiming a “BOOM” on that.