Chelsea transfer news: 19-year-old defender has now agreed personal terms with the Blues

Chelsea have now reportedly agreed personal terms with Lyon youngster Malo Gusto.

According to journalist Fabrizio Romano, Lyon’s 19-year-old defender has agreed a long-term contract with the Blues ahead of a potential move to Stamford Bridge.

“Chelsea are in direct contact with Lyon for Malo Gusto. Understand personal terms are already agreed on long term deal, player open to the move,” Romano wrote on Twitter.

However, the two clubs are still yet to sort and agree a transfer for the French teenager.

Foot Mercato claim that Chelsea have been unsuccessful with their opening bid for Gusto, but they could yet return with an improved offer.

Photo by CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP via Getty Images

It’s very encouraging that Chelsea appear to be pushing to sign another right-back before the transfer window shuts next week.

Of course, Reece James is the outstanding right-back at the club. The drop off in the team when he doesn’t play is too much, though.

The Blues are crying out for a young and hungry full-back to compete with James, who’s been unfortunate with injuries in recent times.

Gusto has already played 50-plus games in the Lyon first team, which has been enough to attract interest from Chelsea.

The Ligue 1 full-back does have experience of European football in the Europa League and definitely fits the theme when it comes to targeting emerging youngsters.

Photo by RvS.Media/Basile Barbey/Getty Images

Hopefully, Potter is left with a squad in the second half of the season that’s still manageable.

There’s a lot of players on the books right now, so keeping so many players in a good mood is going to be an impossible task for any manager.

It’s great to hear of new potential arrival, but it would be encouraging to hear speculation around potential outgoings during the next week as well.

Keep up to date with all the latest Chelsea news and opinion by following The Chelsea Chronicle’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.