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Chelsea sign Nigeria’s Tosin Adarabioyo on free transfer from Fulham

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Chelsea Football Club has confirmed that centre-back Tosin Adarabioyo, a Nigerian, will join the club ahead of the 2024/2025 season.

The defender completed a medical earlier this week and will arrive at Stamford Bridge on a free transfer when his contract with Fulham officially expires at the end of June.

Tosin rejected several new contract offers at Craven Cottage before agreeing to become the first signing under new Chelsea boss Enzo Maresca.

Co-sporting directors of Chelsea Football Club, Paul Winstanley and Laurence Steward, said: “We are delighted to bring Tosin to Chelsea.

“Throughout his career, he has showcased his maturity and defensive qualities and has gained a wealth of experience in the Premier League in recent seasons.

“He is ready to make the step up to Chelsea and work alongside the talented players in our squad. We look forward to Tosin joining up with us for pre-season.”

After signing for the Blues, Tosin said: “Chelsea is a huge club, and this is a full-circle moment for me. I was born three miles away from Stamford Bridge and made my professional debut there.

“I’m very excited and looking forward to helping push the club in the direction we want to go.”

Tosin’s height and ability on the ball caught Chelsea’s attention, and with veteran Thiago Silva departing the club this summer, a gap in the squad at centre-back opened up.

The 26-year-old made 20 appearances for Fulham in the Premier League during the 2023/24 campaign, scoring two goals and helping his former side to a 13th-place finish.

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