It seems our first, second and third options for solving the left-back question for the second half of the season are Emerson, Emerson Palmieri and Emerson Palmieri dos Santos. back from Olympique Lyonnais.
That’s the latest from France tonight, as reported by Get French Football News, adding that Lyon in turn is targeting PSG outcast Layvin Kurzawa, who has played a total of nine (9) minutes this season.
Chelsea are doubling down on their efforts to get Emerson back from his Lyon loan spell – OL have again contacted PSG left-back Layvin Kurzawa, according to L’Équipe du Soir.
— Get French football news (@GFFN) January 10, 2022
Emerson has certainly not been short of minutes at Lyon, having played just about every available minute since he entered the summer transfer window, making it perhaps even quite likely that Lyon would exercise their €15million buy option at the end of the season – though those things are never guaranteed, especially in the current economic conditions. However, due to the purchase option and the €500k loan fee, some sort of financial compensation will have to be agreed upon, in addition to involving everyone in a potential recall.
Emerson, who did sign extra time before being loaned out, had barely played for Chelsea last season, especially outside the cup competitions. But Tuchel has said all kinds of nice things about him as he searched for an alternative to an overworked and often disappointing Marcos Alonso, including the likes of Reece James (who is now also injured), Callum Hudson-Odoi, Saúl or even Timo Werner. …so maybe where there’s a will, there’s a way to get this done.