Chelsea have completed signing Malang Sarr for a free transfer, the club said on Thursday.
Sarr, 21, left the French club Nice this summer and signed a five-year deal with Stamford Bridge.
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The Premier League also announced that the defender will be putting the 2020-21 season on loan.
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“We couldn’t miss the opportunity to sign Malang,” Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia told the club’s website.
“He is a tremendous prospect and we will be watching him closely during his loan period in the hope that he will be back at Chelsea soon. We are very excited to see him at the club today.”
Sarr made 116 appearances for Nice and represented France at the European Under-21 Championship last year.
Chelsea were active in the transfer market with the signings of Sarr, Ben Chilwell, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.
Sources have told ESPN that near the start of the season, the Blues are on the verge of signing Paris Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva and Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen.