Malo Gusto is reportedly sold on the idea of signing for Chelsea this month.

According to football.london, the Lyon defender is ‘keen’ on joining the ranks at Stamford Bridge, with the club’s chain of command now apparently attempting to buy him.

Rumours about Gusto have begun to gallop in the last few days.

The 19-year-old has been previously linked with the Blues, but whispers of the Premier League side’s interest have recently turned into roars.

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Chelsea are said to be trying desperately to land the teenager before the transfer window closes.

It’s been claimed that Graham Potter is personally behind this deal, as he looks to strengthen his defence.

Potter could do with adding extra depth to the right-back position, where primary choice Reece James has been absent for most of the campaign.

Chelsea could grab Malo Gusto this month

During James’ injury layoff, the Chelsea manager has been forced to trial and test different options, with limited success.

Cesar Azpilicueta’s service to the Blues cannot be disputed, yet the Spaniard’s quality is clearly below that of his wounded teammate.

Trevoh Chalobah has also offered his services at full-back, but is evidently far more comfortable in a more central role.

Although James is approaching a return from his latest spell on the side-lines, Potter cannot really afford to be without a recognised replacement at right-back should the same scenario happen again.

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Hence why there is a sudden surge towards Gusto, who has very similar traits to the England international.

Todd Boehly and his team might only need to hand Lyon £35m for the Frenchman’s services, which, compared to the other new Chelsea signings, is relatively cheap.

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