Chelsea 'close to signing Malang Sarr on five-year deal'

Chelsea ‘close to signing Malang Sarr on five-year deal’ with view to sending French Under-21 defender out on loan ‘to Bundesliga or Serie A’ side this term

  • Chelsea are continuing to  strengthen side ahead of new Premier League season
  • Frank Lampard is close to signing Malang Sarr as free agent on five-year deal
  • Sarr chose not to resign with Ligue 1 side Nice and looks set for Stamford Bridge 

Chelsea are ‘close to signing France Under-21 international Malang Sarr as a free agent on a five-year deal’. 

The Blues have been the most active Premier League club in the transfer market this summer and look set to continue their recruitment frenzy with the addition of the centre-back. 

Sarr’s contract at Nice has expired and according to the Athletic, the 21-year-old has almost agreed a five-year deal to move to Stamford Bridge. 

Malang Sarr has left Nice as a free agent and is expected to sign for Chelsea soon 

They report that terms have not been fully finalised but he is anticipated to join along with fellow free agent centre-back Thiago Silva. 

Frank Lampard is reportedly looking to send Sarr out on loan this season once he has joined with the Bundesliga the most likely destination, report Goal. 

Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke are among those keen on a temporary deal and there is also interest from Serie A. 

Sarr’s contract ran out at the end of June and he had been with Nice since he was just five years old. He’s played for France at youth team level since the age of 16. 

He played 119 games for the club despite his tender age and may yet prove to be one of the bargains of the summer. 

The centre-back could be loaned out to the Bundesliga or Serie A this season from the Blues

He was given his big break under Lucien Favre after the manager was impressed when watching him in action for the academy. 

Sarr was then picked for pre-season and seized his chance in the first team when an injury crisis at the back forced Favre’s hand. 

At 17, he scored with a powerful header on his debut and has continued to progress ever since. The youngster has also proved to be versatile, playing both in the heart of defence but also at left-back.

He is comfortable on the ball and adept at bringing it out of defence, a trait Lampard will have no doubt be impressed by as it fits the way Chelsea want to play. 

While Silva is very much a signing for the present with the 35-year-old expected to slot right in, Sarr could be considered as a more long term project at the club.  

Sarr has played for France at age group levels since he was 16 and is a bright prospect

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