Chelsea chief Marina Granovskaia green lights transfer exit in January window

Chelsea chief Marina Granovskaia will allow Emerson Palmieri to leave the club in the January transfer window, according to reports. Emerson, 26, has made three appearances so far this season for Chelsea. The Italy international is yet to feature in the Premier League this term, with his three outings coming in the Carabao Cup and Champions League.

The return to fitness of summer signing Ben Chilwell means Emerson is unlikely to get regular first-team football at Stamford Bridge.

Emerson has struggled to nail down a starting spot since joining the Blues from Roma in January 2018.

He has made just 23 Premier League starts in that time, often playing behind Marcos Alonso.

Alonso has also fallen out of favour under Frank Lampard and has not played a single minute since a reported bust-up at half time of the 3-3 draw with West Brom in September.

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But despite Alonso’s future at the club looking unclear, Chelsea are still willing to let Emerson leave, according to AreaNapoli.

The report says Emerson is Napoli’s priority target at left-back ahead of the January window.

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Napoli boss Genarro Gattuso would prefer to sign the Italian ahead of PAOK star Dimitris Giannoulis, who is also on the club’s shortlist.

The report claims Granovskaia has given the green light for Napoli to sign Emerson on loan with the obligation to buy.

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However, Napoli will attempt to delay the payment for another year.

Meanwhile, Lampard has been praised by former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino for the signing of goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

Mendy joined Chelsea from Rennes in the summer and has impressed between the sticks in his early days at the Blues.

“Obviously if you are a manager and have decided you can’t continue this way, I need to wash my hands with this particular goalkeeper Kepa [Arrizabalaga] and move away,” Cascarino said on talkSPORT.

“You’ve convinced the owners you’ve convinced Petr Cech who is a goalkeeper and had to deal with all those issues with Frank I’m sure. It’s been very important.

“He’s (Mendy) come in and it feels quite settled very quickly.

“It makes everyone a bit edgy and all the jokes come out and you don’t have as much trust.

“These moments are defining in football because they can get you three points or a draw or a defeat.

“So the goalkeeper, Kepa, was playing to a very poor level.

“You need those things as a manager, you need those players to take responsibility and perform to a level that’s the standard required for Chelsea.”

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