Tuchel makes Chelsea transfer request with Digne deal now unlikely


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Emerson Palmieri is currently on loan at Lyon (Picture: Marcio Machado/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)

Thomas Tuchel reportedly wants Chelsea to recall Emerson Palmieri with a deal for Everton’s Lucas Digne now looking unlikely.

The German is in need of a left-back during the January transfer window after Ben Chilwell was ruled out for the remainder of the season after requiring surgery for an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

The Italian joined Lyon on a season-long loan last summer and he’s made 15 appearances for the Ligue 1 side this term, scoring once.

Chelsea have also been keen to sign out-of-favour Everton left-back Digne but transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claims Tuchel is pushing for Emerson right now.

‘Chelsea are still trying to recall Emerson Palmieri as left back, Tuchel wants him,’ he tweeted.

‘OL turned down first approach but Chelsea are pushing again – prepared to offer compensation.

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Lucas Digne has fallen out of favour under Rafa Benitez at Everton (Picture: Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images)

‘Lucas Digne deal now looking very unlikely. Nothing advanced. Everton ask for permanent move.’

Rafa Benitez confirmed on Friday that Digne wasn’t playing because he asked for a transfer but it seems the Toffees are now looking for a permanent sale.

Chelsea would save themselves some cash if they can persuade Everton into a loan deal until the summer or recall Emerson from Lyon.

‘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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