BY PAUL LAGAN
While Chelsea men’s recruitment department are still working their way through potential signings, the women’s set-up are continuing to operate in slick and well-ordered fashion.
Chelsea Women’s manager Emma Hayes signed France international defender Eve Perisset on Wednesday.
The defender, who can play right or left-back, has penned a three-year deal.
Perisset, 27, joins from French Division One side Bordeaux and will wear shirt number 15.
She started at Lyon in 2012 before moving to Paris St Germain in 2016.
She said: “It’s a fantastic honour to join Chelsea and to be the first French female player to become a blue.
“I am very thankful for the opportunity that has been given to me.
“The time was right for me to make this big move to London and join the English Super League and I cannot wait to meet the team and the fans later this summer at Kingsmeadow and at the famous Stamford Bridge.”
Hayes added: “Eve brings a wealth of experience and is a versatile player who is able to play in both full-back positions and midfield.
“She’s a tenacious defender, and with her mentality and professionalism, we have no doubt she will complement the group well.”
Perisset won the league and the Coupe de France Feminine four times at Lyon, while also lifting the latter at PSG for the fifth time.
Perisset signed for Bordeaux in June 2020. She made 45 appearances for the Girondins. She has 34 caps and represented France in the UEFA European Championship in 2017 and the FIFA World Cup in 2019.
She has won the Tournoi de France and the She Believes Cup and is in France’s squad for this summer’s Euros.
Chelsea men’s boss Thomas Tuchel is arrowing in on his first signing under the new Todd Boethy regime.
Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele is a free-transfer possibility to replace striker Romelu Lukaku, who wants to return to Inter Milan. And the cash raised by his departure will fund the signing of Sevilla’s 23-year-old France defender Jules Kounde.
The centre-back will be a direct replacement for Toni Ruidger, who left the club to join Real Madrid at the end of the season.
Chelsea have not taken up the £40million option to sign Saul. The midfielder was on a season-long loan from Atletico Madrid, and now returns to the Spanish outfit.
Please make cheques payable to “MSI Media Limited” and send by post to South London Press, Unit 112, 160 Bromley Road, Catford, London SE6 2NZ
Former Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has encouraged everyone in the country who can afford to do so to buy a newspaper, and told the Downing Street press briefing: “A free country needs a free press, and the newspapers of our country are under significant financial pressure”.
So if you have enjoyed reading this story, and if you can afford to do so, we would be so grateful if you can buy our newspaper or make a donation, which will allow us to continue to bring stories like this one to you both in print and online.