Crystal Palace completes Guehi signing from Chelsea

Crystal Palace has signed highly-rated young English defender Marc Guehi from Chelsea on a five-year contract.

England's Marc Guehi. - REUTERS

Crystal Palace has signed highly-rated young English defender Marc Guehi from Chelsea on a five-year contract, the south London Premier League club announced on Sunday.

British media reported Palace agreed a deal worth GBP 20 million pounds (USD 28 million) for the 21-year-old centre back, who spent the previous season-and-a-half on loan at Championship side Swansea.

Guehi becomes new Palace boss Patrick Vieira's second signing following the arrival of midfielder Michael Olise from Reading.

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"It's a great opportunity for me to come to such a big club in the Premier League," Guehi told Palace TV.

"(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."

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Guehi reached the playoffs in both seasons with the Swans but the Welsh side could not secure top-flight promotion on either occasion.

On the international stage, Guehi has represented England at all levels between Under-16 and Under-21 and helped the Young Lions win the Under-17 World Cup in 2017.

He will hope to make his Premier League debut when Palace kicks off its campaign at his former club Chelsea on August 14.

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