Report: Chelsea now willing to pay money to get 'unbelievable' loanee back to the Bridge

Chelsea are reportedly open to the idea of offering Lyon a compensation fee to take Emerson Palmieri off their hands.

This is according to the Express, who claim the Blues will ramp up their efforts to reclaim the defender by presenting a cash incentive to the French club.

Why the sudden urge to re-sign Emerson?

Thomas Tuchel desperately needs some reinforcements in the full-back depart, following the long-term injuries to Ben Chilwell and Reece James.

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The Stamford Bridge hierarchy have seemingly already cast their eye over the transfer market to locate possible options.

Lucas Digne was originally mooted as a strong possibility, yet it seems the Everton outcast is leaning towards a move to Aston Villa.

Sergino Dest’s name has also cropped up repeatedly in the past few weeks, although Fabrizio Romano said there had been no conversation between Chelsea and Barcelona over this particular deal.

A close connection to Tuchel

A third option arrives in the form of Emerson, who joined Lyon on loan over the summer.

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He is already well acquainted with Thomas Tuchel and his methods, meaning the Italy international would be a better fit than Dest or Digne.

Also, Tuchel has spoken fondly about the 27-year-old in the past.

“He is one of the nicest guys you can imagine. He’s always friendly, with unbelievable qualities,” said the Blues boss last March on his former pupil.

Will Lyon let him go?

Lyon might be tempted to relinquish Emerson, permitted some money is placed in their pocket.

However, they would then need to replace the left-back, who has become a mainstay in Peter Bosz’s side.

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Chelsea will be the happier camp if this transaction goes through, therefore expect some resistance from the Ligue 1 outfit.

Marina Granovskaia usually gets her way, however, so keep an eye on this particular saga.  

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.