Chelsea have £3m bid to sign their OWN PLAYER rejected after Lyon turn down offer to end Emerson’s loan in January as Thomas Tuchel scrambles to solve his left-back crisis
- Chelsea are short of left-back options after Ben Chilwell’s season-ending injury
- They tried to being Italy international Emerson back from his loan at Lyon
- But the French club reportedly rejected Chelsea’s £3m compensation offer
Chelsea’s efforts to solve their left-back crisis have seen them have a £3m compensation offer to bring their own player back to Stamford Bridge rejected.
According to The Athletic, Chelsea offered Lyon the money to cut Emerson’s season-long loan with the French club in January, but they refused to accept the terms.
It comes after Ben Chilwell was ruled out for the season due to an ACL injury.
Chelsea tried to being Italy international Emerson back from his loan at Lyon
But the French club reportedly rejected Chelsea’s £3million offer of compensation
The 27-year-old Italy international Emerson was signed by Chelsea in 2018 from Roma for a fee in the region of £20m.
Thomas Tuchel’s side are still competing on four fronts this season, even if they are all but out of the Premier League title race sitting 10 points behind leaders Manchester City.
They are in the final of the Carabao Cup, where they will face Liverpool at the end of February. They meet Plymouth in round four of the FA Cup and are Champions League holders – they face Lille in the round of 16.
The move comes with Ben Chilwell out for the season after sustaining an ACL injury
Emerson was signed by Chelsea back in 2018, joining from Roma for a £20m fee
But in recent weeks, Chelsea’s form has drifted and they are being reeled in by the chasing pack battling it out to finish fourth.
United, who currently occupy the final Champions League spot, have two games in hand on Chelsea which if they win. would put them just three points behind.
London rivals Tottenham have four games in hand on Chelsea due to Covid-19 postponements and four wins would take Antonio Conte’s side above them.