Crystal Palace clinch £18m signing of Marc Guehi from Chelsea with the Blues looking to offload fringe players to fund their move for Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland
- Crystal Palace have secured the signing of defender Marc Guehi from Chelsea
- Guehi, who joins for £18million, gained experience during two loans at Swansea
- Chelsea are looking to offload fringe players as they aim to sign Erling Haaland
Marc Guehi has completed his £18million switch from Chelsea to Crystal Palace, signing a five-year deal with the Eagles.
The 21-year-old impressed across 18 months of two loans at Swansea and has now made the Selhurst Park move.
Guehi becomes one of the first recruits of Patrick Vieira’s managerial tenure with the Eagles.
Centre-back Marc Guehi has joined Crystal Palace in an £18million move from Chelsea
England Under-21 international Guehi is the latest addition to Patrick Vieira’s squad at Palace
‘I’m very excited, it’s a great opportunity for me to come to such a big club in the Premier League,’ said Guehi.
‘I’m really excited to get going. The club is taking a really exciting direction with the new gaffer that’s come in.
‘A lot of good young players are here and obviously such a stable club with top players really enticed me and made me want to come.’
Guehi was born in the Ivory Coast but grew up in London and joined Chelsea aged eight. The England Under-21 cap now faces a new challenge with Eagles chairman Steve Parish excited by what the new recruit can offer.
‘We’re delighted to have signed Marc for Crystal Palace,’ said Parish.
Chelsea are trying to offload fringe players as they aim to secure the signing of Erling Haaland
‘He’s an exciting talent and one we believe will be a valuable addition to the squad as we build towards the coming season.’
Chelsea are looking to offload further fringe players as they aim to secure the signing of Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.
Tammy Abraham is among the players to have been linked with a departure from Stamford Bridge.
Norway international Haaland is likely to cost around £150million if he leaves Dortmund, while he would have to become Chelsea’s biggest earner.
Juventus have also been linked with the 20-year-old, while Haaland stated that he is looking forward to working under new manager Marco Rose at Dortmund.