West Ham or Nottingham Forest can sign an ‘incredible’ £13m PL ace

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Chelsea want around £13m for 2021 Champions League winner Emerson Palmieri after West Ham United made a bid for the Nottingham Forest target, as reported by The London standard.

During Sunday’s action-packed clash at the City Ground, neither Forest nor the Hammers really looked like teams in need of a new left-back.

Harry Toffolo’s run set up the hosts’ first goal in the Premier League since the turn of the century. And at the other end of the pitch, Aaron Creswell often seemed to be West Ham’s biggest offensive threat. In any case, next to the dazzling Said Benrahma.

Dig a little deeper, however, and the interest in Brazil-born Italy international Emerson makes sense.

Finally, West Ham are yet to replace Arthur Masuaku. Emerson, reportedly the subject of an official Hammers bid, appears to have emerged as a priority target after Filip Kostic opted for Juventus.

Nottingham Forest recently lost the summer signing Omar Richards with a hairline fracture. Steve Cooper’s play-off winners made an inquiry about Emerson after Alex Moreno – apparently their number one – decided to stay at Real Betis (Daily Mail).

Interest in Fiorentina’s Cristiano Biraghi was also downplayed. Another reported target, Pervis Estupinan, could join Brighton.

Chelsea could sell Italy international Emerson Palmieri

According to The Standard, Chelsea would rather sell Emerson than loan him back. Roma’s £25m signing spent the last term in Lyon. And it’s considering offers with a reduced price tag of just £13million. After all, Emerson has less than two years on his contract at Stamford Bridge.

“I’m so happy for him” Blues boss Thomas Tuchel said of Emerson last yearwho started in Italy’s win over England at Wembley, just after helping Chelsea win back the Champions League trophy

“He’s one of the nicest guys you can imagine. He’s always friendly, with incredible qualities.”

Those “incredible qualities” as far as Moyes or Cooper are concerned likely include his ability to play as a full-back or orthodox full-back.

However, Emerson isn’t quite as creative as Kostic or Moreno when it comes to the future. He has one assist and no goals in 33 Premier League games.

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In other news, ‘no way’: Carragher reacts as Chelsea learn he bid for the Everton winger

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