Report: How Emerson now feels about possibly returning to Chelsea in January

Emerson Palmieri is reportedly open to the idea of re-joining Chelsea this month.

According to Goal, the Italy international would welcome the prospect of heading back to Stamford Bridge from Lyon ahead of schedule.

The Blues want to cut the defender’s loan deal with the French outfit short due to Reece James and Ben Chilwell’s injuries.

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Both wing-backs are out for the foreseeable future, meaning Thomas Tuchel has been forced into finding solutions, some less desirable than others.

Get Tuchel a wing-back

Whilst the manager continues to tinker with his team, the chain of command have been weighing up possible transfer targets.

Lucas Digne looked a desirable choice but is now seemingly on the way to Aston Villa.

Sergino Dest has been suggested as another option, although conversations have yet to take place between the Blues and Barcelona.

Due to the indecisions over Digne and Dest, Emerson has emerged as the primary candidate for the vacant left wing-back slot.

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He knows the position well due to his days working under Tuchel, not to mention being fielded there for the Italian national side.

Is Emerson heading back to the Bridge?

Goal propose that the 27-year-old feels he could have another good crack at whip if he returns to his parent club prematurely.

However, Lyon aren’t likely to give up Emerson without a fight.

The full-back has been one of the better performers for Peter Bosz during a generally underwhelming campaign for Les Gones.

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Chelsea are apparently planning on offering a compensation fee for Emerson’s services to try and twist Lyon’s arm.

Time will tell whether this cash incentive can do the trick or not.

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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.