Chelsea closing in on Malo Gusto as Lyon defender set for Blues medical – report

Chelsea-linked Malo Gusto of Lyon applauds the fans after the Ligue 1 match between Lyon and PSG on 18 September, 2022 at the Groupama Stadium in Lyon, France.
(Image credit: Marcio Machado/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)

Ligue 1 sensation Malo Gusto is set to undergo a medical at Chelsea (opens in new tab) ahead of his proposed move from Lyon.

On Friday, the Blues agreed a deal worth £26.3m plus add-ons (opens in new tab) for the highly-rated 19-year-old right-back.

According to (opens in new tab), Gusto has now arrived in London for a medical. Assuming that goes smoothly, he is set to rejoin Lyon on loan for the remainder of this season.

Malo Gusto of Lyon applauds the fans after the Ligue 1 match between Lyon and Troyes on 19 August, 2022 at the Groupama Stadium in Lyon, France.

Malo Gusto is one of the hottest properties in Ligue 1, drawing comparisons with Trent Alexander-Arnold (Image credit: Leandro Amorim/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)

Gusto came through Lyon's youth ranks and made his senior debut as a 17-year-old. He's represented France up to U21 level.

A midfielder prior to joining Lyon at the age of 13, Gusto has described himself as (opens in new tab) "attacking, punchy, powerful, fast [and] technically adept".

For Chelsea, it's been a seriously busy January transfer window already: the Blues have picked up where they left off last summer in terms of spending, bringing in six new faces this month at a combined cost of over £150m.

Assuming the deal for Gusto goes through, he will become Chelsea's 20th signing since Todd Boehly completed his takeover at Stamford Bridge eight months ago.

New Chelsea signing Mykhailo Mudryk holds the Ukrainian flag as he is unveiled to fans on the pitch during half-time of the Premier League match between Chelsea and Crystal Palace on 15 January, 2023 at Stamford Bridge in London, United Kingdom.

Mykhailo Mudryk is the most expensive of Chelsea's January signings, joining for £89m from Shakhtar Donetsk (Image credit: Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Gusto has featured 15 times for Lyon this term, taking his total number of appearances for the club to 63.

He got his first taste of European football last season, as Lyon reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

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But the Blues look set to be beaten by Liverpool to the signature of Wolves star Matheus Nunes this summer (opens in new tab).

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Tom Hancock started freelancing for FourFourTwo in April 2019 and has also written for The Analyst and When Saturday Comes, among others. He supports Wycombe Wanderers and has a soft spot for Wealdstone. A self-confessed statto, he has been known to watch football with a spreadsheet (or several) open...