Report: Chelsea turned down for third time in attempt to recall defender
Chelsea have had their third attempt to recall Emerson Palmieri turned down by Lyon as the London club continues to look for options to solve their left-back crisis, according to Fabrizio Romano.
As Lyon manager Peter Bosz recently confirmed, Lyon are keen to keep the 27-year-old for the remainder of the season.
Romano claims that it is unlikely that Emerson, who is said to be Thomas Tuchel’s preferred option, will return to Stamford Bridge in January.
It is not exactly for lack of trying since Chelsea have reportedly also offered a €4million (£3.3m) compensation fee to terminate the loan deal early.
Unless Chelsea plan to come back with an even bigger offer, they will likely have to look elsewhere to find a replacement for Ben Chilwell who is on a long-term absence.
Interestingly, Romano also added that Chelsea do not consider the two left-backs whom they have also been linked with; Paris Saint-Germain’s Lavyin Kurzawa and Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic, as options in January.
Kenedy, who is back at Chelsea from his loan spell at Brazilian club Flamengo, could be the backup option if the club fails to bring in a new left-back this month.
Another journalist, Dean Jones, recently claimed that Chelsea’s initial plan was to send him on loan to another club.
However, given he has now been added to their Premier League squad, it seems that they have abandoned the plan.