Chelsea’s plan for Malang Sarr after defender officially joins on five-year deal

Malang Sarr has joined Chelsea on a five-year deal – but will spend his first season at the club away on loan.

The defender chose to join the Blues after running down his contract in France at Nice.

The 21-year-old shone in Ligue 1 and had a host of top clubs chasing his signature.

But it is Frank Lampard 's big spenders that secured his services, and his switch to Stamford Bridge has been confirmed.

Sarr, though, will be sent out on loan due to the fact he will likely struggle for game time this term.

Chelsea are poised to announce the signing of another centre-half today in the form of Thiago Silva.

The experienced 35-year-old Brazilian will also arrive on a free transfer, after seeing his PSG contract expire.

Left-back Ben Chilwell also signed for Chelsea yesterday from Leicester in a deal worth £50m.

While Chilwell is another who is ready made for Lampard's side, Chelsea have confirmed their plan for Sarr.

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With regards to his impending loan, the club announced: "This will provide the chance to gain valuable game time and add to his experience so he will be ready to join our squad."

On signing Sarr, Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said: "The opportunity to sign Malang was one we could not miss.

"He is a tremendous prospect and we will be monitoring him closely during his loan period, hoping he will soon be back at Chelsea.

"We are very happy to welcome him to the club today."

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