Why have just two Canadian women’s national team stars when you can have three?
According to multiple reports on Monday, Chelsea have beaten Real Madrid and Bayern Munich to sign CanWNT star Ashley Lawrence on a free transfer from PSG.
With captain Magdalena Eriksson and goalscorer Pernille Harder set to leave West London for Bayern Munich this off-season, the Blues have some massive shoes to fill. The Canadian ticks plenty of boxes.
Both Real Madrid and Bayern were after Lawrence’s signature, but the full-back sounds set on putting pen to paper with Chelsea. Call it the Jessie Fleming and Kadeisha Buchanan effect?
One has to assume her CanWNT teammates played a role in the 27-year-old’s decision to leave France after seven years at PSG. It also helps that manager Emma Hayes has a squad of trophy collectors at her disposal.
Lawrence will be Chelsea’s third signing of the summer as owner Todd Boehly spends his investment on the women’s side of recruiting as well.
Sjoeke Nusken agreed to join from Eintracht Frankfurt on a three-year deal and Belgian goalkeeper Nicky Evrard will also arrive on a three-year deal from Leuven. Chelsea are reportedly closing in on signing United States midfielder Catarina Macario, who has spent the last two-and-a-half seasons at Lyon and won the Coupe de France with CanWNT defender Vanessa Gilles this month.
A win or a draw on the final day of the season would see Chelsea secure the fourth straight Barclays Women’s Super League title, and their sixth overall. The Blues beat Jayde Rivière’s Manchester United to win their third straight FA Cup earlier this month.