“The kid’s not ready” – Steve Nicol fires transfer warning to Chelsea amid links to £85m-rated Premier League star

Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol has stated that Leicester City centre-back Wesley Fofana will find it difficult to adjust to the big stage at Chelsea if a potential deal goes through this summer.

Fofana, who joined the Foxes from Saint-Etienne for a fee of £36.5million, has made 50 appearances in all competitions since arriving in summer 2020. The 21-year-old, who is a France Under-21 international, has helped his club keep 17 clean sheets in the process.

According to The Athletic, new Blues co-owner Todd Boehly is currently working on a double strike for Fofana and Inter Milan right-back Denzel Dumfries. The report added that goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina is expected to be confirmed as the club’s third summer signing later this week.

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers tells @owynnpa Wesley Fofana is ‘not for sale’ making the club’s position very clear – as is the board. 🔵 #LCFCChelsea still have no intention of giving up and will try again next week to negotiate Fofana/Gvardiol, both really difficult. #CFC

Speaking to ESPN FC, Nicol offered his take on Fofana, claiming it’s far from the finished article. He said:

“If Fofana goes to Chelsea, he’ll be crazy. The boy isn’t ready yet, he’s stormed onto the stage – one might say – but he’s far from the finished article. His biggest problem is his starting position.”

He continued:

“If you play for Leicester week after week, even if you make mistakes, you learn faster and then you’re the finished article. You’re not going to do that at Chelsea if you’re not playing regularly, he needs to play regularly.”

🦊 Despite making his Premier League debut aged 19, Wesley Fofana has yet to make a mistake that has resulted in an opponent’s goal in 35 appearances in the competition

Former Chelsea centre-back Frank Leboeuf also shared his two cents on the potential summer move. The 1998 World Champion said:

“It’s a tough situation with Fofana. He’s playing for Leicester, he has a bright future and he knows Koulibaly just signed, Thiago Silva is there, Chalobah is still there, so where is he put in this situation? Is will there be a rotation system?”

So far, the west London outfit have announced the signings of Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling and Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly.

Fulham are keen to sign Malang Sarr from Chelsea

According to The Evening Standard, Fulham have tabled offers for Chelsea defender Malang Sarr and West Ham United centre-back Issa Diop. The report adds that the Blues are not ready to part ways with the 23-year-old until reinforcements arrive at Stamford Bridge.

Sarr, who has three years left on his contract at Stamford Bridge, joined the Blues on a free transfer in the summer of 2020. Last season he played 22 games in all competitions for Thomas Tuchel’s team. “The kid’s not ready” – Steve Nicol fires transfer warning to Chelsea amid links to £85m-rated Premier League star

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