Chelsea make approach for Roma's Emerson Palmieri

Roma's defender from Brazil Emerson Palmieri runs for the ball during the Italian Tim Cup second leg semi-final football match AS Roma vs Lazio on April 4,
Image: Sky sources in Italy believe Emerson Palmieri is keen on a move to Chelsea

Chelsea have made an approach to Roma for their defender Emerson Palmieri, according to Sky in Italy.

It is understood that a full-back is Chelsea manager Antonio Conte's main priority this month and that Roma are prepared to let him go for a fee of around £20m.

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Sky Italia say the player is keen on the move, and wants to work with Conte, with Chelsea his preferred destination.

The 23-year-old Brazilian-born player joined Roma from Santos in 2015, but has only played 15 minutes of Serie A football this season.

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Roma defender Emerson Palmieri playing against Lazio last year
Image: Roma defender Emerson Palmieri playing against Lazio last year

He has represented Brazil at under-17 level and is now an Italian citizen.

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