Chelsea Women have signed five-time Champions League winner Kadeisha Buchanan from Lyon on a three-year deal.
The Canada centre-back was unveiled as a Chelsea player on Friday morning, where it was also announced she will become the first Blues player to wear the No. 26 shirt since captain John Terry left the club in 2017.
Buchanan is also the second signing for the west London club after being taken over by Todd Boehly’s consortium after France right-back Eve Perisset made a move earlier this week.
During her five-and-a-half years at Lyon, Buchanan won 13 trophies at the club – including eight domestic titles and five Champions League titles, the last of which was their last win over Barcelona last month.
The 26-year-old will be looking to add to her vast trophy cabinet as she joins women’s Super League champions Chelsea.
“I come to Chelsea with the same ambition I always had – to win trophies and become the best in the world,” she told London.
“I hope to bring my experience to the team and continue the successful path the club has taken in recent seasons. I can’t wait to join my new teammates and the coaching staff on this journey.”
Chelsea manager Emma Hayes added: “Kadeisha is a serial winner at the top of her game and I have no doubt that we are signing a world-class player who has proven herself on the world stage.
“She will bring a quality to our group and we believe that with her brilliant personality and character she will be very popular in the dressing room. We look forward to welcoming Kadeisha this summer.”
Perisset joins Chelsea
Perisset became the first player to sign for Chelsea’s men’s or women’s side since the Todd Boehly-led consortium completed its takeover of the club from Roman Abramovich last month.
The Blues have been unable to sign new players or renew existing deals since March due to the British government’s sanctions against Russian-Israeli billionaire Abramovich following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Perisset, who will wear shirt No. 15 at Kingsmeadow, will officially become a Chelsea player on July 1.
She told Chelsea’s website: “It’s a fantastic honor to join Chelsea and to be the first French player to go blue! I am very grateful for the opportunity that was given to me.
“The time was right for me to take this big step to London and join the English Super League and I can’t wait to meet the team and fans at Kingsmeadow and the famous Stamford Bridge later this summer!”
Hayes added: “Eve brings a wealth of experience and is a versatile player who can play both at full-back and in midfield.
“As a tenacious defender, with her mentality and professionalism, we have no doubt that she will complement the group well.
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