Chelsea work on Emerson renewal

Chelsea are reportedly ready to give Italy international Emerson Palmieri a pay rise after a strong start to the season.

Emerson has broken through as Chelsea’s first-choice left-back under Frank Lampard, while he started Italy’s 3-1 win in Armenia on Thursday.

With that in mind, Gazzetta dello Sport’s Nicolo Schira claims the Blues have opened contract talks with the 25-year-old.

Although his current deal does not expire until 2022, Schira writes the London club want to extend it by a further year.

They would also be prepared to increase his salary from €3.9m to €5m plus performance-related bonuses.

Emerson joined Chelsea from Roma in January 2018 for €20m and has gone on to win an FA Cup and a Europa League.

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