Chelsea are reportedly still confident they can agree a deal to recall Emerson Palmieri from his loan this month, despite the fact another approach has been rejected by Lyon.
Emerson, 27, is a Chelsea-owned talent that’s spending the season out on loan with French club Lyon.
However, a long-term injury to Blues wing-back Ben Chilwell has seen the club linked with recalling Emerson early to play at Stamford Bridge in the second half of the season.
According to The Athletic, Chelsea have now seen two approaches from Lyon turned down to end Emerson’s loan prematurely.
It is understood that the most recent offer was worth £3.3million, too.
The report adds that Chelsea still feel optimistic that they’ll be able to arrange a deal in January to bring the 27-year-old back.
He’s an attack-minded full-back that’s shown he can fill the left wing-back position and would have no trouble settling in if he returned to West London, as he’s already played 71 games in his Chelsea career.
Chelsea need to wrap up Emerson deal ASAP
For certain, Chelsea need a new left wing-back before the January window shuts.
It looks like French club Lyon are squeezing for every penny they can, but the Blues need to act fast to end Emerson’s loan.
Marcos Alonso’s carrying the burden of being the only available senior left wing-back in the squad, albeit there are a few other versatile players that can fill the role.
It would be great to have both Alonso and Emerson competing for the role within the next week, rather than dragging the saga out until the end of the window.
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