Nizaar Kinsella has dropped an update on the future of reported West Ham United transfer target Emerson Palmieri.
In a recent post on Twitter, the Evening Standard journalist revealed that, despite West Ham previously looking close to agreeing a £15m deal with Chelsea for the 28-year-old, David Moyes’ move for the left-back is now off – while Jack Rosser revealed in his own tweet the reason for the collapse of the deal was down to the Italy international’s wage demands.
In his post, Kinsella said: “Emerson Palmieri’s deal to West Ham is off. It is a bit of a shock as a fee of £13m + £2m in add-ons was close to being agreed with Chelsea.”
Considering that West Ham have already seen their proposed moves for both David Raum and Filip Kostic fall through this summer, the news that the Emerson deal now also appears to have collapsed is certain to have left the Hammers manager gutted.
Indeed, the £12.6m-rated talent proved just how impressive an addition he would have made to Moyes’ current left-back options over his 29 Ligue 1 fixtures while on loan at Lyon last season, helping his side keep four clean sheets, scoring one goal, providing two assists and creating four big chance for his teammates.
Furthermore, the £75k-per-week defender also made an average of 1.6 tackles, 0.9 interceptions, 1.1 key passes, one dribble and won 4.9 duels – at a success rate of 64% – per game last time out, with these returns seeing the 28-year-old average a SofaScore match rating of 6.91 – ranking him as his side’s 14th-best player in the top flight of French football.
In comparison, over Aaron Cresswell’s 31 Premier League appearances last season, the 32-year-old helped the Irons keep seven clean sheets, scored two goals, provided three assists and created five big chances for his teammates.
The £2.7m-rated defender also made an average of 0.9 tackles, 1.1 interceptions, one key pass, 0.3 dribbles and won 2.5 duels – at a success rate of 56% – per fixture in 2021/22, with these metrics seeing the £50k-per-week full-back average a SofaScore match rating of 7.01 – ranking him as West Ham’s third-best performer in the English top flight last time out.
As such, while it is true that Cresswell’s returns do slightly better those of Emerson in the previous campaign, it is clear that the Italian is not too far behind the former England international – leading us to believe that the 28-year-old would have made an excellent alternative to the former Ipswich Town full-back in Moyes’ first team squad this season.