Wesley Fofana can join Chelsea, but only if Leicester receives a transfer sum for a defender that breaks all previous records, according to sources.
The Blues prioritised centre of defence reinforcements this summer, and as a result, they paid £34 million to acquire Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli.
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Chelsea later pursued Jules Kounde after attempting to get the Frenchman from Sevilla the previous year.
Barcelona, who seized control of the move to bring Kounde to the Nou Camp, triumphed over London.
The team of Thomas Tuchel has also been connected with Fofana, Presnel Kimpembe of Paris Saint-Germain, and Josko Gvardiol of RB Leipzig.
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While Gvardiol and Kimpembe may have been discussed in board meetings, Chelsea’s interest in neither player appears to have resulted in a formal proposal. In contrast, Chelsea’s interest in Fofana is unquestionably real.
However, they have made Leicester two bids for their star defender. The offers reportedly ranged between £63 million and £70 million.
The 21-year-old has not received a third offer, but Brendan Rodgers did tell reporters that Fofana is “informed” of the interest in him.
In their pursuit of the former Saint-Etienne player, Chelsea could have luck on their side a third time.
According to the French newspaper Foot Mercato, the Foxes have reportedly set a very high asking price for Fofana and have requested Chelsea to surpass the previous record transfer cost for a defender.
Leicester allegedly “finally opened the door” for his exit this summer.
Although the athlete fractured his leg in a preseason match last August, interest in him is still quite great.
Given that Fofana signed a new five-year contract in March, the reports of his leaving in the summer have been a little surprise.
Leicester is aware that they may get a sizable sum of money for the young Frenchman given that he is under contract until 2027.
According to the report, they have “communicated” with Chelsea that he is available for a transfer for “near to €95 million” (£80 million), which would be more than Manchester United paid the Foxes for Harry Maguire (£78 million) in 2019.
It should be mentioned that Fofana and the Stamford Bridge team have a personal terms agreement in place.
Chelsea has let a few players who can play central defence depart this summer despite their urgent need for fresh recruits.
Levi Colwill just signed a loan deal with Brighton, but it appears that his move to the Amex was essential to Chelsea’s acquisition of Marc Cucurella.
Jake Clarke-Salter, Malang Sarr, and Matt Miazga have also gone.