Maurizio Sarri wants to stretch the options in his backline when the transfer window opens in January.
Veteran right-back Caesar Azpilicueta, despite is canniness on the pitch, and how deftly he is on the ball when making a run down the right flank, and his swift cuts into his left at the attacking third which makes him an even greater threat, has old age growing up on him, which means Chelsea will need to find a replacement in January.
News outlet the Guardian confirms the Blues already have their eyes on Brazilian defender Emerson.
But it will be a two-horse race as Arsenal have already been linked up with the player before the Blues caught the whiff of his availability.
Talks between the Atletico Miniero star and Arsenal have reportedly reached an advanced stage.
Héctor Bellerin’s future at the club remains up in the air, as there is no telling if he will leave next year. Given the heavy doubts on the Spaniard’s future which is not about to clear soon, Unai Emery has spotted out Emerson as a perfect replacement.
Emerson is highly rated in his native Brazil and has drawn interests from a host of top European outfits. Qatar-owned Paris Saint-Germain and La Liga holders Barcelona have previously registered their interests in the player.
If Emerson agrees to join Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, he will join his namesake Emerson Palmieri who joined the Blues last season.