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According to Daily Express, Chelsea are hopeful of selling left-back Emerson Palmieri for £25 million this summer to fund a move for Frank Lampard’s key target.
Serie A side Juventus are reportedly interested in signing Emerson and the Blues hope to receive £25 million for the transfer to fund a move for Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell, valued at around £80 million.
Chilwell has established himself as one of the Premier League’s top left backs during his time with Leicester City. Chelsea were keen on signing the England international in January but Brendan Rodgers made it clear the England defender was not for sale midway through the season.
The Blues have also been linked with Porto’s Brazilian left-back Alex Telles but former Chelsea defender Frank Sinclair isn’t convinced the Blues should be going for the Brazilian.
“Alex Telles is a good player, I like what I’ve seen of him but whether he has the ability to adapt to the Premier League is a different question,” Sinclair told GentingBet.
“There is no other league like the Premier League, purely due to the competition in every game, week in, week out – there are no easy games.
“That’s why I’d prefer to see Chelsea sign proven players that have played in the Premier League before.
“You look at Emerson for example, a terrific player before coming to the Premier League but he hasn’t been able to lock down a position for Chelsea.
“It just shows how difficult it is to adapt and to acclimatise to the Premier League.
“You’d expect Telles to be able to handle the Premier League and do well but it’s certainly not something that I take for granted, that a player who is playing well abroad can just come into the Premier League, hit the ground running and continue.”