West Ham United are reportedly interested in raiding Chelsea for out-of-favour left-back Emerson Palmieri this summer, with the signing of Ben Chilwell likely to allow Emerson to depart – and Hammers fans want him signed.
West Ham are likely to be in the market for a new left-back this summer. While Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku remain the club’s first-team options, both are churning out performances far from their best and have come under criticism.
Plenty of names have been touted with a move to West Ham, as David Moyes looks to solve his left-back issue. The Independent claim Italy international Emerson has emerged as an option, with the left-footer out of favour at Chelsea.
The signing of Chilwell has pushed the Brazil-born defender down the rankings at Stamford Bridge, with Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta preferred to the ex-Roma man. In two and a half years, he has managed just 55 appearances.
It remains to be seen how much Emerson would set West Ham back – and whether Chelsea would allow the Hammers to sign one of their players in a deal only involving the left-footer. Indeed, Chelsea may include Emerson in a move for Declan Rice.
West Ham fans have reacted on Twitter to the reported news that they are interested in raiding their London neighbours for Emerson – with Goal claiming his asking price is a huge £26million. Many want him signed.
Emerson for me personally. On the rare occasion he's played for Chelsea and I've watched him, he's not been bad.
Buraghi would be my second choice, as people seem to think he's decent. I've not seen Mativyenko play, and Kolasinac just doesn't do it for me as a LWB. https://t.co/t6OdJCG0II
— West Ham Fan Zone (@WHUFCFZ) September 14, 2020
I like Emerson 👍🏼 everytime I’ve seen him play he looks decent, I don’t think he’s good enough for Chelsea but he’d seriously improve us.
— Rob Waldon WHUFC ⚒ (@RobWaldon) September 14, 2020
Emerson would be very decent but can't see lump of lard dealing with us unless he gets Rice in exchange
— London (@MrHammer10) September 14, 2020
Emerson would be decent for us
— Declan (@Declan27110532) September 14, 2020
I’d take 50 Emerson and tomori
— WestHamFan (@westhamfan__) September 14, 2020
All those fullback are not very good but still better than cresswell
— Tj⚒Whu (@Tomjame85758148) September 14, 2020