Milan Contemplating Chasing After West Ham Fullback

Milan have rekindled their interest in Emerson Palmieri, whom they have chased a few times in the past. The Rossoneri wish to keep Theo Hernandez but are preparing some fallbacks should the Frenchman force his way out.

According to Sky, the Italian international was a regular at West Ham last season and is unlikely to depart to serve as a backup. He’s been linked with a Serie A return a few times since leaving Roma, but it never materialized.

Therefore, Emerson Palmieri could become a realistic target only if Hernandez does leave Milan. He has racked up 81 appearances in the past two campaigns after joining in a €15M move from Chelsea. He has 30 caps with the Azzurri but wasn’t called up for Euro 2024.

The star left-back played coy in his most recent comments about his future even though Zlatan Ibrahimovic stated he’d stay put for sure. His contract expires in 2026. According to Mediaset, he demands a Rafael Leao-size salary to extend it. The team would only sell him for offers north of €100M. The game of chicken has started.

Our Take on Milan and Emerson Palmieri

He’s a solid contributor, but it would be a steep downgrade if he replaced their ace. The Rossoneri seem comfortable taking their key extensions into next season since they have the time and faculty to do so, so there might not be further developments in the coming weeks. Finding a deputy will be a challenge since their stalwart rarely ever rests. They might have to make do with Alessandro Florenzi or another wily veteran.

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