Highly rated South American defender could become Sarri’s first January buy

Emerson of Atletico Mineiro

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Chelsea have joined the race to sign Brazilian full-back Emerson, according to O Tempo report.

The Atletico Mineiro star, 19, has become one of the hottest prospects in South America and is attracting huge attention in Europe.

Atletico Mineiro are also said to be going through financial problems at present and could be willing to cash in on their newest star.

With that in mind, Chelsea are braced to bid in the region of £8million for Emerson – full name Emerson Aparecido Leite de Souza Junior.

Chelsea look to add more back-up to Cesar Azpilicueta and Davide Zappacosta.

The Blues are known for their affiliation with Brazil players – and Emerson could be tempted to the club by the likes of Willian and David Luiz.

Emerson joined Mineiro from Associação Atlética Ponte Preta SP in April 2018 in a deal worth €1 million.

Arsenal are also reported to be interested in signing the right back as Unai Emery.

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