Chelsea opinion – Emerson wanted by AC Milan – should the Blues sell?
According to a report in the Sun (h/t Calciomercato), Chelsea left-back Emerson Palmieri is being lined up for a £22m move to Italian side AC Milan. It is claimed that the player’s agent met with Milan chiefs on Monday and held discussions extensively.
However, in the past couple of months, with Marcos Alonso showing his frailties as a left-back, the ex-Roma man has been getting regular game-time.
Milan are expected to spend big in the summer window, as they look to secure Champions League football. Therefore, they will be putting a lot of pressure on making this move happen because they require a left-back. (h/t Sun)
But, here’s why Chelsea shouldn’t bulge and keep hold of the player beyond this summer:
Emerson is now a first-choice left-back in the team
When Emerson first arrived at Chelsea, Antonio Conte was in charge. Under his tutelage, the Blues played with three at the back and two wing-backs on either side. Marcos Alonso, a wing-back by trade, was bought from Fiorentina to play the left wing-back role.
The Spaniard did well in that position under Conte. However, when Maurizio Sarri arrived last summer, he started playing as a left-back. Slowly but surely, teams began figuring out that the 28-year-old doesn’t have the defensive attributes to play as a left-back.
Sarri backed (h/t ESPN) him to produce the goods and kept persisting with him until February. But consistent under-par performances forced the manager to start with orthodox left-back Emerson in that position.
Since then, we have seen that the Italian international is doing a much better job. As a result, he is now a regular in the team and Chelsea look better as a team.
Hence, it won’t be an understatement to suggest that the 24-year-old can enhance his game further and become a first-choice left-back for a longer period of time.
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All in all, we can conclude that it would be a foolish decision from Chelsea to let go of Emerson in the summer. Replacement left-backs won’t be easy to find. Moreover, with the current transfer ban imposed, the Blues might not be able to replace him.