Juventus in pole position to sign £45,000-a-week Chelsea defender

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The London giants are being tipped to approve of Emerson Palmieri’s exit at the right price as Bianconeri are stepping up their bid to land his signature.

Italy international joined Chelsea in 2015 from Roma, but he has struggled to cement his place in the starting line-up at London club, particularly this campaign under the Chelsea manager.

Palmieri has played 18 games in all tournaments, as he has often found himself out of the equation with either Marcos Alonso or Cesar Azpilicueta getting the nod over him.

Furthermore, he didn’t feature in the last five consecutive PL matches before the coronavirus lockdown, while he wasn’t even named in the squad for four of those fixtures.

In turn, that doesn’t paint a particularly positive picture of his future at Stamford Bridge, and exit speculation continues to circulate.

However, with no mention of a possible price-tag or any advanced negotiations between the clubs in question taking place, while Inter Milan are also mentioned as being interested, it sounds as though any deal is still some way off and so time will tell how the situation plays out this summer when the respective seasons are concluded.

This isn’t the first time that Emerson has been paired with an exit though, with the Sun reporting last month how his departure could help pave the way for Blues to launch a £50m bid for Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell to replace him.