Graham Potter really wants Chelsea to sign 'powerful' player, ready to offer a six-year contract - journalist

Journalist Santi Aouna has claimed on Twitter that Graham Potter wants Chelsea to complete the signing of Malo Gusto from Lyon.

It has been reported that the Blues have shortlisted the teenager as their ideal signing in the right-back position.

The area desperately needs addressing in order for the club to find cover and eventually competition for Reece James at Stamford Bridge.

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The England international’s absence has been felt the hardest of all of the mounting injuries currently being suffered at the club.

Potter has been desperately looking for a suitable replacement in his squad during the time the 23-year-old has been unavailable for selection.

He has looked to Cesar Azpilicueta, Trevoh Chalobah and even Raheem Sterling to try and fill the void, each with little success.

Potter a fan of signing Gusto

Now, it looks as if the Blues are ready to strengthen in the area with the signing of Gusto. Aouna has claimed that Potter is a big advocate of the deal.

He said: “Agreement found between Malo Gusto and Chelsea. The player wants the Blues. Six-year contract / progressive salary.

“Potter definitely wants it. Chelsea will increase their offer to find a final agreement.”

The full-back has already described himself as a ‘powerful’ and ‘attacking’ player, two terms which are often used to describe James.

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Chelsea’s spending has remained lavish this month, after what had been a lively first transfer window under new owner Todd Boehly.

This has included big money moves to bring in the likes of Mykhailo Mudryk, Benoit Badiashile and Noni Madueke, as they look to rescue somewhat of a respectable finish this season.

There are reports that they are still interested in strengthening the midfield too, with links failing to go away over the potential additions of Enzo Fernandez and Moises Caicedo this month.

Jack is a writer for The Chelsea Chronicle. He has been a part of GRV Media since June 2022. He has a First Class Honours degree in Football Journalism from the University of Derby, graduating in 2021. Jack has experience working freelance for The Sun and The Athletic, whilst also being published for the Non-League Paper and reporting for Burton Albion's academy side. He is a lifelong Chelsea fan and will debate with anyone about everything and anything football related. He also holds a passion for gaming and music, and thinks he knows every word to every Oasis song ever released