Chelsea announced on Sunday that they had finalised the acquisition of right-back Malo Gusto from Lyon. Continuing their winter spending spree. The 19-year-old has a contract with Stamford Bridge that runs through the summer of 2030. But he will finish the current campaign on loan with Lyon back in Ligue 1. Gusto, who progressed through Lyon’s ranks and made his senior debut in January 2021. He would reportedly cost Chelsea £26.3 million ($32.6 million). Also Read: Former Burnley Boss Sean Dyche is expected to become the new manager of Everton
The deal, according to Lyon, has a 5 million euro (£4.4 million) add-on. The defender will now continue his excellent development while on loan at Lyon before joining the Blues in the summer in time for the upcoming season, according to a statement from Chelsea.
“The defender will now continue his remarkable improvement on loan [at Lyon] before joining the Blues in the summer ahead of the new season,” reads the statement.
Gusto progressed through Lyon’s divisions before making his professional debut in January 2021.
While Gusto would be staying with them for the remainder of the 2022–23 season. Lyon said the club “regrets not having been able to keep one of its major dreams trained at the academy.” Nevertheless, they are “glad” about the development.
Malo Gusto for Chelsea
Gusto is Chelsea’s eighth acquisition of the frantic January transfer window. The Blues have already secured Joao Felix on loan from Atletico Madrid and permanent signings for Mykhaylo Mudryk, David Datro Fofana, Benoit Badiashile, Noni Madueke, and Andrey Santos. Also Read: Adidas unveils the first Italy shirts as a new sponsorship deal begins
With 30 Ligue 1 appearances in his first season, he solidified his place in the starting lineup while also guiding his team to the Champions League quarterfinals.
Gusto, who has played 54 times for Lyon over the course of three years, is seen as Reece James’ long-term right-back rival by Chelsea.
Gusto did travel to London to complete his paperwork and medical, as well as to sign everything, but he will end the season with Lyon in Ligue 1, where they will be trying to improve on their mid-table performance thus far.
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