Buchanan, who arrives from Women’s Champions League winners Lyon, has signed a three-year deal and is the first player to wear Terry’s number for the Blues since he left the club back in 2017.
Like Terry, Buchanan is a centre-back and she arrives at Stamford Bridge with a big reputation from her time in French football. During five-and-a-half years at Lyon, the 26-year-old won the Champions League five times and secured a further eight domestic trophies.
A regular for the Canadian national team, Buchanan helped her country to win Olympic gold last summer and she has also been nominated for the Ballon d’Or award. She is Chelsea’s second signing of the summer after they also brought in France defender Eve Perisset earlier this week.
Chelsea, who won the Women’s Super League and FA Cup double last season, are currently the dominant force in women’s football in England and new owner Boehly seems intent on keeping it that way.
Chelsea FC Women are delighted to announce the signing of Canadian defender @keishaballa on a three-year deal! ✍️
Welcome to the team, Kadeisha!
— Chelsea FC Women (@ChelseaFCW) June 10, 2022
Commenting on Buchanan’s move to the Blues, Chelsea Women manager Emma Hayes said: “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. We look forward to welcoming Kadeisha this summer.”
Buchanan added: “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.”