Chelsea identify Marcos Alonso’s Backup: Ready to hijack Liverpool for £25m transfer

The London Blues are returning to their familiar hunting ground: Serie A.

After singing Marcos Alonso from Fiorentina when Conte first arrived, now Chelsea have their sights trained on Emerson Palmieri.

The Brazil born-Italy left back was a major piece to Roma last season, but an ACL injury in the spring forced him out of action. He made his season debut in the Coppa Italia in December, but is still working towards regaining full fitness.

Aleksander Kolarov has seemingly pushed him out of his role, which is why the club seems set to sell him.

Gianluca Di Marzio reports Emerson may be “sacrificed” in order to finance Roma’s objectives, which could be to re-sign Matteo Politano from Sassuolo.

Liverpool have been repeatedly linked with a move for Palmieri over the past two transfer windows, while Juventus have expressed interest in signing the former Palermo star.

Chelsea completed a £15million deal for Ross Barkley earlier in the month and Conte has hinted he wants the club to secure further signings in order to bolster his squad as the Blues attempt to make up ground on Premier League leaders Manchester City.

Alexis Sanchez will not be the subject of interest from Chelsea, however, with Conte confirming they were out of the race to sign Arsenal’s contract rebel, who is expected to join Manchester United.

‘Yes, yes,’ Conte said when asked whether Chelsea were out of the running for Sanchez.

‘Now, this is not important to talk about Sanchez. ‘Not important. Because he’s not our good problem, so why do I have to waste words on nothing.’

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