Chelsea, AS Monaco reach full agreement for Malang Sarr

Chelsea and Monaco have reached a full agreement for the loan transfer of Malang Sarr, with an obligation to buy clause present in the contract.

According to Fabrizio Romano, AS Monaco and Chelsea have fully agreed on a loan deal for Malang Sarr. The contract will contain a buy obligation clause, depending on the number of appearances the defender will make next season.

Chelsea have been busy getting in defensive reinforcements in the last few days. With the accumulation of many high-profile players, with at least one more likely to come in, Thomas Tuchel has a few stars he would likely dispense off.

The high-profile arrival of Marc Cucurella renders Malang Sarr unwanted, even though the former OGC Nice star would add depth to the team. However, with the possible signing of Wesley Fofana from Leicester City, there appears to be no room for Sarr in the side.

Sarr was courted by Fulham earlier, but Chelsea were uninterested in doing a deal with their west London rivals. Hence the next best opportunity has come from France, as Monaco looked eager to tie up a contract for the French centre-back, who is versatile enough to play at left-back as well.

Monaco held talks with Chelsea recently and have now reached an agreement with the Premier League giants for Sarr. Chelsea signed the defender on a free transfer from Nice in 2020 and then spent the subsequent season at Porto on loan. However, he was back with the Blues at the start of last season, making 21 appearances in all competitions.

With an agreement between Chelsea and Monaco, Sarr will play his football in France on loan for the season. The contract will contain an obligation to buy clause, which will depend on the number of appearances the defender makes next term.

If Sarr plays the necessary amount of games, he could continue with Monaco for the foreseeable future, otherwise will return to Chelsea for the next pre-season. The defender has already completed the first part of his medicals, with the Principality outfit, with the second part scheduled for Tuesday.

Sarr never really took off at Chelsea, as his performances remained unconvincing throughout the last season. While he fits into Tuchel’s back-three system, he does not have the necessary attributes to become a star at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues will hope the defender performs well with Monaco, allowing them to get a windfall. The transfer fees are currently under wraps, but some outlets suggested it could be around £10 million, which would be a profit for Chelsea, considering he arrived on a free transfer.

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