The latest departure from Stamford Bridge has been confirmed as Chelsea continue their extensive squad trimming before the close of the transfer window.
Thomas Tuchel has had it pretty good in his time with the Blues so far. After joining in January, he went on a 14 game unbeaten run, won the Champions League and signed a new contract until 2024. But in the past few weeks he has been faced with his first major problem – his squad is way too big.
Once Romelu Lukaku’s signing was secure, the focus in the Chelsea camp shifted to outgoings.
This new goal was quite simple. Find a home for all those players who are surplus to Tuchel’s requirements.
Strike pair Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi have made moves to Italy and Turkey respectively.
Forgotten winger Kenedy has returned to his homeland of Brazil to join Flamengo on a season-long loan.
And the midfield trio of Danny Drinkwater, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Ross Barkley are all set for departures.
However, beating them into leaving Stamford Bridge is left-back Emerson Palmieri.
Earlier today it was reported the Italy international was expected to join Lyon for the duration of the 2021/22 campaign, which has now been confirmed.
The French side will pay a loan fee of up to £1m for the Euro 2020 winner.
Emerson, 27, made the switch from Rome to London in 2018 in a deal that cost £18million.
The Italy star has played second fiddle to Marcos Alonso and then Ben Chilwell, picking up appearances here and there.
This saw him grow increasingly frustrated. He did feature in Chelsea’s Premier League opener against Crystal Palace as a second half substitute.
Chelsea in transfer tussle with Man Utd
Meanwhile, Chelsea have reportedly held another round of discussions with the representatives of Aurelien Tchouameni. That comes after Manchester United expressed an interest.
Chelsea have had a longer-term interest than their counterparts, with more recent reports claiming that United have registered interest.
According to the latest from Chelsea journalist Simon Phillips, the Blues have initiated fresh contact over Tchouameni.
However, the reporter does not say whether those talks were fruitful, or whether Chelsea’s interest remains at the same stage.