Chelsea brings in Gusto from Lyon as 16th signing of new era
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea completed its 16th signing in two transfer windows since the club came under new ownership, bringing…
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea completed its 16th signing in two transfer windows since the club came under new ownership, bringing in France under-21 right back Malo Gusto from Lyon on Sunday.
The 19-year-old Gusto moves for a reported 26.3 million pounds ($32.5 million) and will finish the season on loan at the French club where he has established himself as an attacking full back. He is viewed as long-term competition for Reece James.
Gusto, who has made 54 appearances for Lyon, described himself as a “box-to-box” player in a short video on Chelsea’s website.
“I choose Chelsea because it’s a big club and I like the project,” he said. “I’m very happy to be here.”
Chelsea has already signed winger Mykhaylo Mudryk, striker David Datro Fofana, center back Benoit Badiashile, attacking midfielder Noni Madueke and midfielder Andrey Santos on permanent deals and brought in Portugal forward Joao Felix on loan from Atletico Madrid this month.
In line with the recent pattern at Chelsea, Gusto has agreed to a long-term contract that runs until the summer of 2030. It is being done to spread the cost of the club’s extensive rebuild.
Spending under Todd Boehly, who fronted the $2.5 billion takeover in May after Roman Abramovich sold Chelsea following a 19-year tenure, is now more than $500 million pounds.
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