Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Monaco defender Benoit Badiashile for a fee of £34m.

Badiashile has become Chelsea’s first big signing in the January transfer window, with Potter adding extra quality to his defensive lines in the midst of his team’s losing streak.

The 21-year-old France international signed a long-term contract at Stamford Bridge after spending the first four years of his career in Monaco, where he made 106 appearances in Ligue 1.

Badiashile expressed his delight after sealing the change, telling Chelsea’s official Web site, “I am very happy to be here at Chelsea. I am very excited to start playing for this club. I can’t wait to see the fans and start playing in the best league in the world”.

Blues chairman Todd Boehly and co-controlling owner Behdad Eghbali added: “We are delighted to welcome Benoit to Chelsea. He is an excellent young player who has quickly established a solid reputation and has a great deal of experience for his young age. We are confident that he will form an important part of our team for years to come.”

The Blues had reportedly been look for a specialist center back on the left side and Badiashile represents a cheaper option compared to RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol, who had initially been the main objective of the club. The Frenchman also came under fire due to his age, with Chelsea owner Todd Boehly aiming to forge a team capable of challenging for major trophies in all competitions in the long term.

Badiashile’s arrival will also give Potter more options at the back in Reece’s absence. James after a new injury blow that has left the English international out of the game for another month.

Chelsea slipped to tenth after a 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest last time out, and fans are hoping Badiashile won’t be the only new signing this month amidst links to Benfica and Argentine midfielder Enzo Fernández.

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