Emerson Palmieri


Emerson Palmieri moved to Chelsea from Italian side Roma in January 2018, signing a four-and-a-half-year contract with the Blues.

Emerson, full name Emerson Palmieri dos Santos, arrived at Stamford Bridge following a fruitful and productive two-and-a-half seasons with Roma, where he established himself as an important member of the side and gained invaluable experience of playing in Europe.

A versatile left-sided player who can operate as a full-back, wing-back or in a more advanced role, Emerson is skilful, possesses a good range of passing and reads the game well.


Born in Sao Paulo in August 1994, after progressing through the ranks he made his first team debut for his hometown club at the age of 16.

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Having been a standout performer for Santos’ Under-20 side, Emerson began to feature for the first team more regularly and he eventually caught the eye of Italian side Palermo, who signed the youngster on a season-long loan ahead of the 2014/15 campaign.

Emerson then moved to Roma, again on a season-long loan, a year later and scored his first goal for the club at the San Siro in a 3-1 win over AC Milan. He joined Roma on a permanent basis in December 2016.

During the 2016/17 season, as a team-mate of Toni Rudiger, he started regularly for Roma and performed well over the course of the campaign as they finished second in Serie A, just four points behind champions Juventus.

Injury ruled him out of the start of the 2017/18 campaign but he returned in the December and completed his move to Chelsea a month later, making his debut for the Blues in our 4-0 FA Cup win over Hull City when he impressed at left wing-back and laid on a goal for Olivier Giroud.

He got his chance to play in the Premier League when Marcos Alonso was suspended for three games, impressing in away wins at Burnley and Swansea. Between those matches he didn't look out of place in the FA Cup semi-final against Southampton at Wembley, although injury denied him a chance to be involved in the final the following month. 


Emerson's maiden Chelsea goal arrived at Anfield in a League Cup win over Liverpool. He scored the equaliser from close range as we came from behind to secure a 2-1 victory.

As the season wore on Emerson featured more and more often from the start, offering pace and thrust from left-back as well as excellent crossing ability. That was best evidenced in the Europa League final when his delivery was headed home by Olivier Giroud for the crucial opening goal. In total he made 27 appearances. 


Having represented Brazil in tournaments, including the Under-17 World Cup, at a younger level, Emerson became an Italian citizen in March 2017 due to ancestry on his mother’s side and earned a first call-up to the Italy national side shortly afterwards.

Emerson made his senior debut for Italy in September 2018 in a UEFA Nations League game against Portugal, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 1-0 defeat.