Chelsea are reportedly preparing a move to sign Lyon’s Malo Gusto before the end of the month.
According to the Telegraph, the Stamford Bridge chain of command are set to make a bid for the defender ahead of the transfer window’s conclusion.
Gusto is a relatively new name on the Premier League side’s wish list, but it’s understandable why he has suddenly become of interest.
Graham Potter has possibly asked his employers to locate him cover at right-back, due to the repeated absences of Reece James.
James is close to overcoming his latest injury, a period that’s forced Potter to rely on a variety of options.
Cesar Azpilicueta has stepped in when required, yet clearly lacks the power and pace of his younger teammate.
Trevoh Chalobah’s handful of appearances at full-back didn’t exactly set the world alight, whilst Hakim Ziyech’s role as a wing-back against Liverpool will not be his desired position in the future.
To avoid a drop in quality in the possibly eventuality of another spell without James, Chelsea have apparently been on the hunt for a new full-back.
This has led them to Lyon and their young prodigy.
Chelsea are now firmly in the hunt for Malo Gusto
Gusto has represented the French team since 2016, but only really established himself as a regular for the seniors last season.
He played 38 times last term, including two appearances against West Ham United in the Europa League.
The 19-year-old is said to have a similar profile to James, with the player describing himself with many traits also associated to Chelsea’s academy graduate.
“Rather attacking, punchy, powerful, fast, technically adept,” said Gusto when asked to define his style of play.
This certainly sounds like the kind of characteristics that Potter’s camp could benefit from.
His squad might well welcome Gusto in the next week or so, with a £35m bid said to be enough to take the teenager off Lyon’s hands.