Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has provided an update on Chelsea’s pursuit of Leicester City defender Wesley Fofana.
The Blues are keen to make some defensive reinforcements ahead of the September 1 end of the summer transfer window.
Chelsea signed Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli last month and appear to have their sights set on French defender Wesley Fofana, according to The Athletic.
Fofana joined Leicester City from Saint-Etienne for £36.5million in 2020. He enjoyed an incredible debut season with the club as he helped them win the FA Cup.
The defender was voted Leicester City’s young player of the season by the club’s supporters. The Frenchman was ruled out for most of the 2021-22 season with a broken fibula but returned to action in April.
Despite his lack of commitment last season, the 21-year-old is regarded as one of the brightest young talents in the Premier League.
Leicester City are believed to be asking a fee in the region of £80m-85m for the centre-back, which could make him the most expensive defender in football history.
After 90 minutes, the Blues are making good progress in pursuit of the Frenchman.
“Fofana at the moment is the player they want to sign in the next few days, so let’s see if they submit an official proposal,” Fabrizio Romano told GIVEMESPORT.
Wesley Fofana has reportedly removed Leicester City from his social media bio and hinted his future may not lie at the King Power Stadium.
Thomas Tuchel’s team parted ways with Antonio Rüdiger and Andreas Christensen after their contracts expired on June 30th. They are expected to sign top-flight centre-backs to replace the duo.
Wesley Fofana’s arrival could lead to Cesar Azpilicueta’s departure from Chelsea
The Blues could approve the sale of Cesar Azpilicueta if they sign Wesley Fofana in the coming weeks. Azpilicueta has been the subject of Barcelona interest in recent months.
According to Si.com, the Spaniard is keen to move to the Camp Nou this summer as he is keen to return to his home country despite having one year left on his contract. with the blues.
The 32-year-old has made 476 appearances in all competitions for the west London club, helping them win two Premier League titles, one FA Cup, one EFL Cup, one Champions League title and two Europa Leagues -winning title.
According to talkSPORT, Thomas Tuchel is reluctant to part ways with the veteran defender but could approve his sale if the Blues sign Wesley Fofana from Leicester City. The Frenchman’s versatility and defensive skills make him an ideal replacement for Azpilicueta.
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