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Chelsea transfer news: Emerson joins Lyon on season-long loan

Emerson Palmieri joined Chelsea for an initial £17.6m from Roma in January 2018 but struggled to move ahead of Ben Chilwell and Marcos Alonso in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge; 27-year-old was part of victorious Italy side at Euro 2020 this summer

Emerson Palmieri
Image: Emerson Palmieri has joined Lyon on loan

Chelsea defender Emerson Palmieri has joined Lyon on loan for the remainder of the season.

Lyon will pay a loan fee of up to £1m for the 27-year-old Italy international, who can play at left-back or wing-back.

Emerson came off the bench in last Saturday's Premier League opener against Crystal Palace, which was his 71st Chelsea appearance.

He joined the Blues from Roma in January 2018 for an initial £17.6m, winning the Champions League, Europa League, European Super Cup and FA Cup, but struggled to displace both Marcos Alonso and Ben Chilwell from the side.

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Emerson was part of the Italy squad that won Euro 2020 this summer and started in the final against England at Wembley.

He featured four times at the tournament, becoming Italy's starting left-back after Roma's Leonardo Spinazzola was injured in the quarter-final win over Belgium.

Meanwhile, AC Milan believe they are close to agreeing a deal to sign Tiemoue Bakayoko after holding a meeting with his representatives in Milan on Thursday.

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The 27-year-old joined Chelsea from Monaco in 2017 for £40m and has had loan spells with Milan, Monaco and Napoli.

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