OFFICIAL announcement made as defender completes bargain summer Chelsea transfer deal

Chelsea full-back Emerson Palmieri has completed a loan move to Ligue 1 giants Lyon.

Emerson has made just 71 appearances for Chelsea in total over the past three-and-a-half years, having had to make do with a backup role in defence behind the likes of Marcos Alonso and Ben Chilwell.

The 27-year-old has only managed to record two goals and five assists, but does have Europa League, Champions League and UEFA Super Cup winners’ medals to his name.

But as he is well down the pecking order at the club, it meant that a move away from the Bridge this summer needed to happen in order for him to get the game time that he is craving for.

And that opened the door for Lyon to open talks and take him to France, and after a few weeks of talks, the deal has been announced.

The French outfit have confirmed Emerson’s arrival in an official statement on their website, which reads: “Olympique Lyonnais announces the arrival on loan of defender and double European Champion (with Italy and Chelsea), Emerson Palmieri, through June 30, 2022.

“This loan, for a fee of €500,000, to which could be added a maximum of €500,000 in bonuses, will include a purchase option.

“Olympique Lyonnais welcomes the arrival of Emerson, who will be the third player, defender and Italian international in the history of the club, after Fabio Grosso (2007-2009) and Mattia de Sciglio last season last season.”

Emerson is the fourth member of Chelsea’s senior squad to head out on loan this summer after Billy Gilmour, Michy Batshuayi and Kenedy, who have joined Norwich, Besiktas and Flamengo respectively

Roundup…

Emerson is a solid player, but this is the right decision to make as he cannot keep sitting on the bench every week, now when he should be in the prime of his career.

Iomie

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