Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is looking to use returning loanee Emerson Palmieri as a backup left-back as the club plans to offload Marcos Alonso, according to The Athletic, informs the ChelseaChronicle.
Alonso will soon enter the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge, and the Blues reportedly decided that it is time to cash in on the wing-back after six years.
The 31-year-old has been linked with a move to Barcelona and recent reports suggested that the player himself is keen on returning to Spain.
Ben Chilwell, who made an appearance in the final league match against Watford last week, is expected to reclaim his spot in the starting line-up after a long-term injury absence, but Chelsea will need a second left-back option.
Rather than looking for options in the transfer market, The Athletic claims that Tuchel wants Emerson, whose loan spell at Lyon has come to an end, to play the backup role.
The Chelsea manager is said to be a big admirer of the Italy international and tried to recall him early in January after Chilwell’s knee ligament injury.
Lyon refused to let Emerson return to London and Chelsea eventually opted to recall Kenedy from his loan at Brazilian club Flamengo instead.
Unlike Alonso, Emerson still has two years left in his contract, so Chelsea are under less pressure to sell him this summer.
It remains unclear, however, whether Emerson would want to play to Chilwell amid reported interest from his home country, Italy.
Another returning loanee Tuchel could opt for is Ian Maatsen. The 20-year-old spent a season on loan at Championship side Coventry City, mostly playing as a left wing-back.
Obviously, if Chelsea could secure funds from selling, for example, Emerson, entering the transfer market would be a reasonable move.