Emerson Palmieri: Inter Milan retain interest in Chelsea full-back as West Ham consider loan move

Inter Milan are still pursuing a permanent deal for full-back Emerson Palmieri and are expected to renew talks with Chelsea before the transfer window closes next month.West Ham are also interested in signing the Italy international but would prefer a loan deal as they seek to reinforce their defence, having already had three bids rejected for Burnley centre-back James Tarkowski.  Emerson, who has two years remaining on his contract, was left out of Frank Lampard’s squad for Chelsea’s 3-1 victory against Brighton on Monday evening and has played just two minutes of Premier League football since the lockdown. Inter’s interest in Emerson is long-standing, having hoped to complete a permanent deal for the 25-year-old last January. However, Chelsea were unwilling to sanction his departure until replacement Ben Chilwell was signed from Leicester this summer. Inter have also been interested in fellow Chelsea full-back Marcos Alonso, who started against Brighton in Chilwell’s absence, but after completing a deal for 34-year-old Aleksandr Kolarov already this window, Emerson is seen as the better long-term option.Chelsea’s interest in West Ham midfielder Declan Rice has naturally raised the possibility of Emerson being offered as part of a deal for the England international. However, West Ham remain adamant that Rice is not for sale.