Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has asked the board to recall Emerson Palmieri from his loan spell at French club Lyon.
However, the Blues face a big problem in recalling the Italian international from his loan spell at Lyon as no recall clause was included in the loan deal. Lyon have a buyout option on Emerson which ‘prohibits’ Chelsea from recalling him.
According to GOAL, Lyon are unlikely to activate the option unless they finish in the top three and qualify for the Champions League next season, but are protected by their contract.
However, Thomas Tuchel clearly wants Emerson more than Digne after losing Ben Chilwell to a cruciate ligament injury in November.
To recall Emerson Palmieri from his loan spell at Lyon, Chelsea will now have to pay a compensation to Lyon but the French side ideally want to keep Emerson due to him being one of the club’s best players this season.
Emerson is also reportedly open to returning to Stamford Bridge where he feels he will get another chance to impress Tuchel.
Meanwhile, Everton left-back Lucas Digne, who has been linked with a move to Chelsea this January, has begun talks with Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa in the last few days.
Despite interest in signing the former Barcelona left-back, Chelsea failed to submit a bid for Digne as Everton favoured a permanent transfer for the left-back. The Blues wanted a loan deal for the left-back.