Chelsea transfer news: Blues unsuccessful with opening bid for £35m defender

Chelsea have reportedly been unsuccessful with their opening bid for Lyon’s Malo Gusto.

According to Foot Mercato, the Blues have submitted an offer in the last few hours to sign the 19-year-old defender during the January transfer window.

The report explains that Lyon’s stance remains a firm no for now.

It is understood that Chelsea could return with another move this month by making an improved offer to try force Lyon into a sale.

This comes at a time when Graham Potter’s side have also been making attempts to sign Enzo Fernandez from Benfica. Record claims on the front page of today’s edition that Chelsea have made an offer for the 21-year-old midfielder.

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Malo Gusto pursuit

According to the Daily Mail last month, French side Lyon would demand around £35million to let Gusto exit in the New Year.

There’s no line yet about how much Chelsea have put on the table for the teenage right-back, but the Blues have shown under the new ownership they’re prepared to splash the cash on promising young players.

Chelsea’s interest in the French full-back dates back to November, with Simon Phillips claiming at the time Graham Potter’s side were scouting the Lyon star.

Will we see another push from the Blues to sign the youngster before the January window shuts next week?

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The fact Trevoh Chalobah has filled in as the right-back during the past couple of games just highlights the fact Chelsea really need to recruit another right-back.

Despite his youth, Gusto is already a first-team regular in Ligue 1 for Lyon.

If the young defender is willing to compete and challenge Reece James for a starting position, he could be a really shrewd mid-season signing.

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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.