Chelsea have reportedly agreed personal terms with Lyon defender Malo Gusto, a right-back believed to be among Manchester United’s targets.
According to French journalist Fabrice Hawkins, Chelsea have already secured a contractual agreement with Gusto after submitting the first offer to sign him.
Hawkins claims Chelsea have offered the French prospect a contract which could run for more than five years.
🔴🔵 Malo Gusto a un accord contractuel avec Chelsea
🔹 Les Blues ont formulé une première offre.
🔹 Un contrat longue durée de plus de 5 ans l’attend
🔹Manchester United s’est aussi positionné et a demandé au joueur de ne pas se précipiter
🔹Chelsea suit toujours D.Dumfries pic.twitter.com/yLMZmp04jD
— Fabrice Hawkins (@FabriceHawkins) January 23, 2023
Meanwhile, reports suggest United have told Gusto to not rush into a move to Stamford Bridge. They are probably asking him to bide his time until the Glazers complete their sale of the club, should they be successful in doing so before the end of the season.
Ten Hag will become furious – not to blame United – if more of his targets continued to get swooped up by our rivals, as seen with Cody Gakpo earlier this month when he joined Liverpool from PSV Eindhoven.
Gusto, 19, would bolster the full-back options for Ten Hag and I still think he will look to move on Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the summer.
The problem is United have known for weeks that Chelsea are interested in signing the Lyon starlet. It is hardly a surprise that Graham Potter would push for a move for when Reece James is currently ruled out with an injury.