What does Chelsea’s interest in Roma’s Emerson Palmieri mean for Kenedy?

This photo taken on July 22, 2017 shows Chelsea's Kenedy (L) competing for the ball with Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny during their pre-season football match in Beijing's National Stadium....

The Blues have opened talks over signing the Italian, but have Newcastle United just been handed a massive boost?

Sergej Milinkovic Savic of SS Lazio compete for the ball with Emerson Palmieri of AS Roma during the Serie A match between AS Roma and SS Lazio at Stadio Olimpico on April 30, 2017 in Rome,...

Chelsea are reportedly interested in Roma left-back Emerson Palmieriaccording to the Evening Standard.

The club are believed to be keen on bringing in the full-back to act as both cover and competition for Marcos Alonso.

Should the Blues land Emerson, however, what exactly does that mean for compatriot Kenedy’s future at Stamford Bridge?

Kenedy has barely featured for Chelsea this season and has only made five appearances, none of these coming in the Premier League.

Kenedy of Chelsea takes a throw in during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay between Chelsea and Norwich City at Stamford Bridge on January 17, 2018 in London, England.

The 21-year-old was simply brilliant against Norwich this week, however, and reminded the rest of the league just why Chelsea brought him to Stamford Bridge in the first place.

Playing in the left-wing-back role as a part of Conte’s favoured 3-4-3 formation the Brazilian excelled demonstrating his pace and skill.

A serious talent, it is understandable why Rafa Benitez is desperate to acquire the youngster’s services for Newcastle, as reported by the Chronicle.

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez reacts during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Swansea City at St. James Park on January 13, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

As it stands, Kenedy is the only real alternative left-back option after Alonso. The Brazilian is fairly versatile and can play anywhere along the left-flank whether that be as a traditional left-back, attacking left winger of left-full-back.

Conte is believed to be blocking any approach from Newcastle due to lack of options and it is believed that should Emerson sign, Kenedy will be free to leave.

The starlet’s versatility is his most attractive quality in the eyes of Benitez. Should he acquire his services not only would he have a new left-back option, but he would also have some much-required pace on the wings, while also opening the door to potentially playing with a back three.

Either way, Newcastle look to have been handed a significant boost in their pursuit of the 21-year-old with Emerson looking likely to be heading to Stamford Bridge.

Register for CHELSEA team updates

Register for NEWCASTLE UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch