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Chelsea see speculative first bid for Malo Gusto knocked back with Lyon determined to keep him

21:19 EAT 23/01/2023
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Chelsea have seen an opening bid for Lyon defender Malo Gusto knocked back by the French giants as they look to reinforce their backline this month.
  • Chelsea make first offer
  • Want cover for Reece James
  • Lyon keen to keep defender

WHAT HAPPENED? The Premier League side have made a first move to bring in Gusto before the transfer window closes at the end of the month, according to Foot Mercato. Chelsea have made an opening offer for the 19-year-old, but the Ligue 1 side have made it clear they are not considering a winter departure. However, it is not ruled out that the Blues could return with an "irrefutable sum" for the defender.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Chelsea are eyeing defensive reinforcements after spending big on a host of attacking talent in January. The Blues have already brought in forwards Joao Felix, David Datro Fofana, Mykhailo Mudryk and Noni Madueke this month.

AND WHAT'S MORE: Gusto has emerged as a target as the Blues look for a back-up to Reece James. The England international called 2022 the "toughest year of his career" after struggling with injury and has been a big miss for Chelsea when he's been sidelined.

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WHAT NEXT FOR CHELSEA? Graham Potter's side do not return to action in the Premier League until they host Fulham on February 3.