Chelsea have bought £30million teenage sensation Malo Gusto as Todd Boehly makes his 14th signing in just nine months as chairman.
The French full-back has joined the club from Lyon in a deal that includes a further £4.4m in add-ons, but will spend the remainder of the season back on loan at the Ligue 1 side. Gusto has signed a seven-and-a-half year deal through to the summer of 2030 after becoming Graham Potter's seventh signing of the January transfer window.
In a statement, Lyon said the club “regrets not having been able to keep one of its great hopes trained at the academy”.
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However, the French side also add they are "happy" the academy graduate will remain with the club for the rest of the season, having already made 15 appearances this term.
The 19-year-old made his debut for the club in 2021 aged 17 and has gone on to make 54 appearances for Lyon, who are currently ninth in Ligue 1. Gusto is also a French under-21 international.
He becomes Chelsea's 14th signing since a consortium led by Boehly completed their takeover of the Blues last summer, with the club's spending under the new owners now standing at just over £430m.
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Graham Potter has spent almost £200m in January alone as he adds to his squad in the first transfer window since he replaced Thomas Tuchel as manager earlier this season.
Gusto follows fellow permanent signings Mykhaylo Mudryk, Benoit Badiashile, Noni Madueke, Andrey Santos and David Datro Fofana through the door at Stamford Bridge. Joao Felix has also joined Chelsea on loan this month.
An underwhelming season so far has seen Chelsea finding themselves 10th in the Premier League, 10 points adrift of the top four. They are also already out of both domestic cups but remain in the Champions League.
Potter's side are set to face Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund in the round of 16, with the first leg in Germany taking place next month.
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