Emerson Palmieri could be available for Napoli on loan with option to buy after Chelsea extended his contract, it’s reported.
The Italy international has long been considered first choice for the left-back slot under new coach Luciano Spalletti at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.
They ran into a brick wall with Chelsea, who were demanding over €20m.
According to transfer pundit Nicolò Schira, there have now been some big developments that could see the move go through smoothly.
Napoli had only wanted to take Emerson on loan with an option to buy at the end of the season.
That was not possible because his contract with Chelsea was due to expire in June 2022.
However, it’s rumoured Chelsea activated their option to extend until 2023, meaning Emerson can now be allowed to join Napoli on loan with option to buy.
The 27-year-old has 19 senior caps for Italy, having been born and raised in Brazil, but came to Italy for Palermo in 2014.
He went on to experiences at Roma, which is where he worked with Spalletti before, and moved to Chelsea in January 2018 for €20m.
Nonostante la raffica di terzini sinistri accostati al Napoli ogni gg, la prima scelta azzurra resta da fine maggio #EmersonPalmieri, che vuole il #Napoli vedi dichiarazioni odierne. Il #Chelsea ha esercitato opzione per rinnovo fino al 2023: prestito con diritto ora è possibile
— Nicolò Schira (@NicoSchira) August 16, 2021