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Chelsea plan to recommence talks with Lyon in the coming days about the prospect of cutting Emerson Palmieri’s loan short with the French club. The Blues are desperate to call upon the Italian once again after losing Ben Chilwell for the rest of the season due to a serious knee injury.

Chilwell has been forced to undergo surgery to repair his ACL as a result of the damage sustained in the 4-0 win over Juventus in November.

It means Thomas Tuchel’s side are light on the ground at left-back and there is now an over-reliance on the ageing Marcos Alonso.

Chelsea’s Plan A has been to recall Emerson but Lyon have proved difficult during initial discussions.

So far, the Ligue 1 club have told the Blues that they’re not interested in releasing Emerson early.

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They need to call upon the player for the rest of the season as they battle to turn their campaign around.

Emerson is a regular starter meaning they would have to sign a replacement if he was to return to west London.

Express Sport understands Chelsea are set to try their luck again with Lyon this week.

The Blues are even willing to pay Lyon a compensation fee to get it done.

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It’s currently unclear whether that would be enough to twist Lyon’s arm.

Earlier this week, Tuchel made it clear it’s no secret Chelsea want Emerson back.

He said: “I will not give you any details from that [talks with Lyon] but in general I will not hide from the fact that we have a long-term injury to Ben Chilwell as our left wing-back who will miss the season.

“We know Emi, we appreciate him as a player and person in general. He had such a huge influence although he did not have a lot of minutes last season.


“He is a top guy, top professional and he is still a Chelsea player. It is not only what I wish for. We need to evaluate the situation.

“We are looking into it on this position. Emi is one of the options. I will not comment further.”

Chelsea had been linked with Everton’s Lucas Digne but he now looks set to join Aston Villa.

Another option for the Blues would be to recall young Dutchman Ian Maatsen from his loan spell with Coventry.

Alternative, academy prospect Lewis Hall made quite the impression on Saturday when he made his Chelsea debut against Chesterfield in the FA Cup third round.

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