Much like Davide Zappacosta, Emerson Palmieri has found that Maurizio Sarri isn’t Antonio Conte, and the two managers have two very different ideas of the type of players they want to play in their team.
Moving César Azpilicueta back to his natural right-back role and prioritising Marcos Alonso down the left, the former Napoli head coach has barely used the Italian internationals in the Premier League, and both are being linked with moves away.
While the right-back’s story has already been widely covered, his counterpart’s is just beginning, with Inter the club linked.
Gazzetta dello Sport on Wednesday pick up on Tuesday’s report from La Repubblica and explain that between Emerson and Cristiano Biraghi, it’s the path leading to the Chelsea defender that’s the ‘most straightforward”.
Luciano Spalletti is said to really appreciate the 24-year-old, who has constantly been picked by Roberto Mancini for the Italy national since their managerial change, but his lack of game time could change that.
With the 2020 Euros in sight, and a qualification campaign to take part in, Emerson will be needing game time under his belt when the more important matches come along, meaning a move is probably needed.
Seeing as Inter cannot afford him in January, the idea remains the tried and tested formula of a loan with a view to buy in June, when Inter won’t have to deal with FFP red tape.