Chelsea

Emerson Palmieri makes choice between Lyon and Chelsea amidst recall talks

It’s no longer a new piece of information that Chelsea are currently in search of a left wing-back after Ben Chilwell suffered a season ending ACL injury about a couple of months ago.

Lucas Digne was being linked with a loan move but Chelsea have pulled out of the race to sign the Frenchman and recalling on loan left-back Emerson Palmieri is the first option for the Blues.

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Emerson is currently on a season long loan at French Ligue 1 club Olympique Lyonnaise and Chelsea are currently having a headache trying to recall the defender.

It is understood that there was no recall clause included in Emerson’s loan deal when he was about joining Lyon last summer and Chelsea are looking towards paying a compensation fee in order to bring the Italy international back to Stamford Bridge.

Lyon have reportedly rejected two approaches from Chelsea already and according to L’Equipe via GFFN, the French club have rejected a ‘favourable financial package’ from the Blues to recall Emerson and the player is said to be in preference of remaining at Lyon for the rest of the season.

The players representatives are said to however prefer a return to Chelsea while Lyon would not want to break an already flourishing relationship with the European champions.

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