Lyon have confirmed that Emerson Palmieri’s loan from Chelsea will not be cut short this month.
Following Ben Chilwell’s season-ending injury, Chelsea have moved to seek cover for the left side of their defence in the January transfer window.
The Champions League holders explored a possible deal for Lucas Digne, who ended up joining Aston Villa from Everton this week.
Chelsea have also made multiple attempts to recall Emerson from his loan spell at Lyon but have been unsuccessful so far.
Chelsea must negotiate a compensation fee with Lyon in order to bring Emerson back to Stamford Bridge as the French club have a €15m (£12.5m) purchase option as part of their agreement.
Lyon have already rejected Chelsea’s offer of £3.3 million and the French club’s head coach Peter Bosz confirmed on Friday that the Italy international’s loan will not be ended this month.
When asked about Chelsea’s attempt to recall their on-loan left-back, Bosz said: ‘Yes, we will keep Emerson.’
Meanwhile, Thomas Tuchel claims Kenedy now has a ‘huge opportunity’ to secure a regular role at Chelsea after his loan spell with Flamengo was cut short this week.
‘Kenedy is back, I’m very happy about it.
‘It’s a huge opportunity for him to make his mark at this club and in this team.
‘We will try now from today on to push and support him as good as we can.
‘You cannot say that Kenedy is the solution, he can be a solution.
‘But the situation has not changed, we have long-term injuries with wing-backs, we’ve suffered a lot in midfield with Covid and injuries. Now are midfielders are more or less coming back we suffer a lot with our central defenders.
‘Nothing has changed but it needs to make sense, it needs to be possible, it needs to make sense on a high level and also in quality, personality. We have a look at the market and nothing has changed, we have all options, also the option to say no.’
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