Chelsea's Emerson Palmieri has submitted a request to leave the club this summer, according to reports.
The Italian has been heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, with a return to Serie A likely.
As per Calcio Mercato via Sport Witness, the Italian defender has 'already submitted a request' to Chelsea to tell the club that he 'wants a sale'.
In other words, Emerson has submitted a transfer request as he looks to force a move away from London this summer.
Napoli are currently leading the race for the 26-year-old in a move that would see the player reuinited with his former manager Luciano Spalletti.
The Argentine manager has previously hinted at a move for Emerson, saying: "I can’t say if I called Emerson to join Napoli or not... maybe yes, maybe it’s happened."
However, Calcio Mercato continue to report that the deal may not be easy as Napoli aren't willing to spend big on a position that is already covered.
The Italians have Faouzi Ghoulam and Mario Rui as left-sided options and neither are looking likely to leave.
Also, ‘the gap is far from being bridged' in terms of agreeing on a price for the defender. Napoli are only willing to offer €10 million for the defender whilst Chelsea are requestion €20 million.
It was previously reported that Napoli would be willing to take Emerson on loan with an obligation to buy, however Chelsea are seeking a permanent deal this summer.
With interest from several other clubs in Italy, Emerson is likely to depart from Chelsea this summer even if Napoli is not his destination.