Chelsea Women have signed 26-year-old Canadian international defender Kadeisha Buchanan on a three-year deal from Lyon.
Buchanan recently won her fifth UEFA Women’s Champions League medal with the French side, for whom she made 130 appearances.
The centre-back has clocked up 118 senior caps for Canada, with whom she won Olympic gold in 2020. Canadian Player of the Year three times, she was nominated for the prestigious FIFA Ballon d’Or and featured in the FIFPro Women’s World XI.
Buchanan told chelseafc.com: ‘I am coming to Chelsea with the same ambition I always had – win trophies and become the best in the world. The club has everything in order for us to compete in every competition and it’s time to bring a Champions League trophy to London.
‘I’m hoping to bring my experience to the team and continue on the successful pathway that the club has been on for the past seasons. I can’t wait to join my new team-mates and the coaching staff on this journey.’
Manager Emma Hayes added: ‘Kadeisha is a serial winner at the top of her game and I have no doubt we are signing a world-class player who has proven herself on the world stage.
‘She is going to bring a quality to our group and with her brilliant personality and character, we think she will be really liked within the dressing room.’