According to Fabrizio Romano, Chelsea right-back Malo Gusto has completed his medical and agreed to a six-and-a-half-year contract.
According to reports, the 19-year-old arrived in London early on Saturday to complete his January transfer to Chelsea.
Romano claims that Blues will pay about €30 million (£26 million) for the young defender and leave him to finish the season on loan at Lyon.
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Given Reece James‘ history of injuries, it would have been ideal to have him join the team sooner, but getting such an exciting talent for a reasonably inexpensive price perhaps warrants letting him finish the season in Ligue 1.
After playing in 15 of Lyon’s 19 league games this season, the France youth international has established himself as an important member of the team.
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He can operate as a fullback in a back four or a right wing-back in a back three, which also makes him an ideal player for Graham Potter, who likes to make tactical changes during games.
Gusto is an excellent crosser and wide player, and like James, he averages 1.4 vital passes each game in Ligue 1.
James averaged 1.1 crucial passes per game in the Premier League this season, to give you some context.
Gusto still has a strong production in tackles and interceptions despite the fact that James is undoubtedly the better defensive player of the two, particularly in one-on-one scenarios.