Real Madrid will reportedly provide stiff competition to Chelsea and Manchester United for 19-year-old French right-back Malo Gusto.
According to a report by Italian outlet Tuttosport, Malo Gusto is a highly sought-after right-back in the market. Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester United, and Juventus are keen on signing the 19-year-old defender. And Lyon will only demand around €15 million to part ways with him.
Malo Gusto has gone from strength to strength since joining Lyon half a dozen years ago. After passing through Les Gones’ academy, the French right-back made his first-team debut in January 2021. And with Lyon struggling to be competitive for a top-three finish, he has received ample game time to progress quickly.
The 19-year-old has been a regular for Lyon in the ongoing season, featuring 14 times in Ligue 1 while chipping in with one assist. And Gusto’s progress has not gone unnoticed either, with several European bigwigs, including Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United, setting their sights on him.
Real Madrid might have to scour the market for a right-back next year, with Dani Carvajal on the wrong side of 30. The Spaniard has also struggled with a few fitness issues. And with Alvaro Odriozola being out of favour with Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid will have to invest in a top-class player. Malo Gusto has thus emerged as a viable target for Los Blancos.
As for Chelsea, the Blues view the 19-year-old French right-back as a competitor for Reece James. The west Londoners have found out the hard way this season why they need an alternative for the English international. And Gusto is an option worth considering for Chelsea next year.
Meanwhile, Manchester United will soon part ways with Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who has failed to win over Erik ten Hag. And while Diogo Dalot has excelled this season, the Red Devils cannot go an entire season with just one viable candidate for the right-back berth. Gusto is thus a viable target for Manchester United.
Lyon will demand only €15 million to part ways with Gusto, an attractive sum for his suitors. Meanwhile, Real Madrid, Chelsea, and Manchester United also face stiff competition from Juventus for the 19-year-old French right-back. It will be interesting to see where the teenager lands if he leaves Lyon next year.