Report: 'Unbelievable' Chelsea loanee would now like to return to Stamford Bridge this month
Emerson Palmieri reportedly wants to return to Chelsea this month from his loan spell with French side Lyon.
According to Le10Sport, Emerson’s advisers are trying to negotiate a deal that will secure the 27-year-old a move back to Stamford Bridge in January.
It is explained that Lyon manager Peter Bosz is refusing to let the full-back leave, and there is no recall clause in his season-long loan.
Apparently, the player himself would like to return to London and rejoin Thomas Tuchel’s squad.
The Athletic recently reported Chelsea have had two approaches rejected so far for Emerson, including one with a £3.3million compensation fee. However, there is still hope from the Blues that they can get him back.
Emerson, who Chelsea boss Tuchel previously said has “unbelievable qualities”, would help solve a problem position in the current squad.
With Ben Chilwell ruled out through injury for the rest of the season, Marcos Alonso is the main option to play at left wing-back.
Kenedy’s recent recall from a loan may help bolster the area a little, but the links to Lyon’s Emerson continue.
Wing-back injuries hurting Chelsea most
Yes, it’s been frustrating to have different players missing at various parts of the season due to injuries, illness or international commitments.
However, the loss of wing-backs Ben Chilwell and Reece James has been more damaging than any.
There is a completely different dimension to the Chelsea XI when England internationals James and Chilwell are flying forward from wing-back at the same time.
Tuchel’s shown his flexibility to rotate formation at times, but the trusted system with two athletic full-backs that get up and down the pitch remains the most effective from what we’ve seen under him at Stamford Bridge.