Chelsea transfer news: Lyon in talks to sign left-back Emerson Palmieri from European champions

Emerson Palmieri joined Chelsea for an initial £17.6m from Roma in January 2018; however, the left-back has 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 lifted the Champions League with Chelsea last season

Chelsea are in talks to sell left-back Emerson Palmieri to Ligue 1 side Lyon, with a deal close to being agreed.

Emerson, who joined Chelsea from Roma for an initial £17.6m in January 2018 when Antonio Conte was head coach, is likely to have a medical at the French club on Thursday.

He has played over 70 times for Chelsea but struggled to displace both Marcos Alonso and Ben Chilwell - who moved to Stamford Bridge from Leicester for around £50m last summer - from the side.

Despite that, Emerson has won the Champions League, Europa League, European Super Cup and FA Cup at Chelsea.

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

Emerson 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.

Lyon's search for a new left-back comes amid interest from Burnley in Maxwel Cornet.

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The Clarets have offered £12m for the 24-year-old, who played 39 times for Lyon last season.

Cornet can also play as a winger, which is a position Burnley boss Sean Dyche is keen to strengthen in this summer.

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