Di Marzio: Milan make first contact for Premier League defender – the details

By Euan Burns -

AC Milan have made contact with West Ham United for Italian defender Emerson Palmieri who could provide some depth behind Theo Hernandez at left-back.

According to Gianluca Di Marzio (via Milan News), the Rossoneri think that the 1994-born defender would be a good depth option and would welcome a return to Italy, but there are complications.

He played 36 times for West Ham last season, showing great availability, and he got one goal and two assists.

It is not clearly outlined why the deal would be a hard one to pull off, but he is presuming earning a high wage in the Premier League and may not want to move to a team where he clearly would not be the first choice in his position.

Whilst there is a host of transfer speculation around Hernandez right now, Milan still intend to keep the left-back and there is nobody the club could sign that would start ahead of the Frenchman.

For that reason, Emerson may wish to stay with West Ham or join a club where he knows he will get more regular minutes from the start. He was not included in Italy’s squad for Euro 2024 this summer despite the injury to Destiny Udogie.

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  1. So we’re linked with a myriad of lousy players, as usual. The struggle is real.

    Meanwhile Rabiot played very well yesterday with France. Fofana played a little bit at the end but not enough to display his worth. Giroud played a few minutes and missed a sitter. Théo was awesome in first half and I hope SM will publish an article about that wonderful save from Maignan, he’s still a Milan player and it was way more impressive than the lateral pass from Reijnders…

    1. I keep being told about how Reijnders lights up the dutch midfield.

      The only conclusion I’m left with is I clearly don’t understand football as much as I thought I did because I can’t see it.

      1. Yeah I don’t know, I guess the hype mostly comes from the media and Koeman. He doesn’t make mistakes which is fine but he’s not impactful either. And watching the Netherlands – Poland highlights, at the end of the game he’s completely beaten in defense on the left side of the box, which led to a very dangerous opportunity for Poland. Let’s see what he can do against Griezmann, Kanté, Rabiot on Friday.

          1. Bro deal with reality instead of getting offended when ppl make critiques. Ppl aren’t saying he be isn’t good/decent, just overhyped.

  2. Sure on a €5 million salary, he’s 29, failed at every big club and would block Barteshagi, who is probably a better player even at this stage.

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