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Antonio Conte reveals concerns over Chelsea’s Emerson Palmieri deal

Antonio Conte reveals concerns over Chelsea's Emerson Palmieri deal
Conte is slightly worried about how little pitch time the injured Brazilian has had (Picture: Getty)

Antonio Conte has hinted at yet more friction with Chelsea’s board over the signing of Emerson Palmieri, expressing a degree of concern over the Brazilian’s readiness.

The 23-year-old left-back is believed to be in London to undergo a medical and finalise a move to Stamford Bridge, though he will not be joined by Roma teammate Edin Dzeko after Chelsea failed to agree a deal for the Bosnian.

It had been assumed that Emerson was a signing Conte was keen on, given his emergence in Serie A, but the Italian coach has distanced himself from the decision-making process.

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Conte was tight-lipped when asked about Chelsea’s targets, though opened up on Emerson (Getty)

Though wary to talk about players Chelsea have been linked with – such as Olivier Giroud and Fernando Llorente – Conte opened up when asked about Emerson, whose move appears to be a mere formality.

He said: ‘If you remember, I said that in case the club decides to send Kenedy on loan, then we have two options: to buy another player or to work with the young players like [Dujon] Sterling.

‘He’s a young player but a very good prospect. I don’t know [about Emerson’s move], I don’t know. If there is news the club will inform you of any new players.’

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Pressed again on whether he had seen much of Emerson, Conte continued: ‘I don’t remember Palmieri because he played in Italy only last season.

‘Last season he had an important season for Roma, then he had a bad injury, broke his ligament, now he’s recovering.

Antonio Conte reveals concerns over Chelsea's Emerson Palmieri deal
Emerson has only played 15 minutes in Serie A this season off the bench (Picture: Getty)

‘I don’t know if he’s ready to play. I know that he played only one game in Italia Cup against Torino. But we are talking about a player of another team.’

Asked about the possibility of Dzeko joining Emerson, Conte suggested the deal was dead: ‘As you know well I don’t like to speak about the players of other teams. He’s Roma’s player. I think that he will continue to be Roma’s player.’

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