He’s a Hammer! West Ham seal £15m signing of full-back Emerson from Chelsea, with the Italian international becoming David Moyes’ seventh new arrival of the summer transfer window
- West Ham have been on the hunt for a new left-back throughout the summer
- They have finally managed to bring in Emerson after talks broke down last week
- The Italy international will provide competition for 32-year-old Aaron Cresswell
- Emerson leaves Chelsea after making 71 appearances in a four-year spell
West Ham have completed the signing of Emerson from Chelsea in a deal believed to be worth £15million.
David Moyes has been on the hunt for a left back throughout the summer as he seeks to provide competition for Aaron Cresswell, who turns 33 later this year.
A move for Emerson was on the verge of collapse last week as the Hammers struggled to agree personal terms with the Italy international, but a deal has now been struck with the Italian agreeing a four-year deal.
West Ham have completed the signing of Emerson from Chelsea in a deal worth £15million
It brings to an end Emerson’s four-year spell at Stamford Bridge after he joined from Roma in 2018 for £17.5m.
He made 71 appearances for Chelsea, but has not started a Premier League game since December 2020 and spent last season on loan at Ligue 1 side Lyon.
While the 28-year-old was given opportunities in pre-season by the Blues, it quickly became clear that he was not in Thomas Tuchel’s long-term plans and he was not included in the matchday squad for any of the team’s first three league fixtures.
Hammers manager David Moyes has been on the hunt for a left-back throughout the summer
Emerson has 27 caps for Italy and started in the Euro 2020 final against England last summer
Ben Chilwell and new arrival Marc Cucurella will battle it out for the left wing-back starting spot at Stamford Bridge this season.
Born in Brazil, Emerson qualifies to play for Italy through his mother and has earned 27 caps for Gli Azzurri since making his debut in 2018. He was part of the squad that won Euro 2020 last summer and started against England in the final.
He becomes West Ham’s seventh signing of the summer after Alphonse Areola, Gianluca Scamacca, Maxwel Cornet, Thilo Kehrer, Flynn Downes and Nayef Aguerd.