Relentless Chelsea up the ante for Thomas Tuchel target, as Lucas Digne snub reason emerges

Chelsea are ‘pushing again and again’ to secure a critical piece of transfer business Thomas Tuchel craves after the reason why they passed up a Lucas Digne deal emerged.

Chelsea are known to be in desperate need of reinforcements at wing-back this window. Reece James is out for around two months with a torn hamstring. On the left side, Ben Chilwell won’t return until next season after undergoing ACL surgery.

That leaves Chelsea with just Marcos Alonso as the club’s only fit specialised wing-back.

Cesar Azpilicueta can deputise on either side, though he is better utilised as part of the back three. That has led to players like Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi deputising on the flanks. Though against stronger opposition, their defensive inexperience could be exposed.

As such, ex-Everton left-back Lucas Digne wanting out of Goodison Park had appeared to come at just the right time. But despite fleeting interest, Chelsea stood idly by when allowing Aston Villa to pounce.

Now, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has revealed the reasoning behind that Chelsea decision.

Reason why Chelsea bypassed Digne emerges

The journalist tweeted Chelsea ignored a Digne move as they only sought a temporary solution to their issue. Everton were only interested in a permanent sale and Villa duly obliged.

As such, attention has turned to recalling Emerson Palmieri from his loan stint with Lyon. But complicating the issue is the fact Chelsea reportedly did not include a mandatory recall clause within Emerson’s loan deal.

As such, the Blues must negotiate to bring their own player back and Romano confirmed the Italy international is the deal ‘Tuchel wants’.

Rumours have swirled over Chelsea offering compensation to twist Lyon’s arm. Now, per Romano, Chelsea have put €4m on the table to get the job done.

For their part, Lyon are still stated to be ‘hopeful’ of retaining the player. A recent report from L’Equipe also claimed Emerson had privately admitted he is prepared to see out the campaign with Lyon.

However, Chelsea will not be deterred and see Emerson as the most cost-effective way of remedying their injury crisis. If the €4m…


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