Thomas Tuchel makes Chelsea transfer request with Lucas Digne now unlikely to join Chelsea

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel reportedly wants the Blues to recall Emerson Palmieri from his loan spell at Lyon.

This is according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, who also revealed Everton left-back Lucas Digne is now unlikely to join Chelsea as Everton want a permanent transfer while Chelsea want a loan deal.

Tuchel is in need of a left-back with Ben Chilwell out for the remainder of the season after suffering a knee injury.

Emerson joined Lyon on a season-long loan last summer and he’s made 15 appearances for the Ligue 1 side this term, scoring once but his loan deal has no recall clause.

“Chelsea are still trying to recall Emerson Palmieri as left back, Tuchel wants him,” Romano tweeted.

“Lyon turned down first approach but Chelsea are pushing again – prepared to offer compensation.

“Lucas Digne deal now looking very unlikely. Nothing advanced. Everton ask for permanent move.”

Meanwhile, Tuchel confirmed last week he wants a left-back to be signed this January following the injury to Ben Chilwell.

“I don’t want to lie,” said Tuchel last week when discussing his transfer plans.

“We are looking into the situation because we have now a new situation with Ben Chilwell.

“One of the possibilities is a player we know and we love as a person, Emerson. But we need to check the details.

“We are discussing and reflecting and this will go on for the next days, maybe weeks.”

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