Chelsea AGREE personal terms with Wesley Fofana with Leicester now prepared to sell defender for the more than world record fee of £80m… as Blues plot their next move to strengthen defence
- Chelsea have had two bids of £60 and £65million rejected for Wesley Fofana
- 21-year-old has five years remaining on his contract at the King Power Stadium
- Fofana has reportedly agreed personal terms for a move to Stamford Bridge
- Thomas Tuchel is also eyeing a move for Croatian centre-back Josko Gvardiol
Chelsea have agreed personal terms with Wesley Fofana as they continue work on a deal to land the Leicester defender.
Chelsea have had two bids of £60m and £65m rejected for centre-back Fofana. Leicester’s original stance was that the 21 year-old was not for sale.
Though manager Brendan Rodgers also admitted this week that ‘naturally if there is interest from other clubs then of course that is looked at by the club.’
Leicester value Fofana in excess of £80m and, despite their initial hope of hanging on to him for at least one more season, there is a growing sense that they will sell for the right price.
Fofana, who signed a new five-year Leicester deal in March, is keen to make the move Chelsea and in line for a significant pay rise to around £200,000-per-week if the two clubs can find a compromise over his transfer fee.
Chelsea are now plotting their next move as they look to further strengthen their central defensive options following the losses of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.
Kalidou Koulibaly has arrived for £34m from Napoli and a new contract for captain Cesar Azpilicueta plus the capture of Marc Cucurella from
Brighton for up to £62m have given manager Thomas Tuchel two, versatile options who can perform in a back three. But he remains keen to bring in one more out-and-out centre back.
The likes of Nathan Ake, Matthijs de Ligt, Jules Kounde and Presnel Kimpembe have proved out of reach for Chelsea.
Meanwhile Chelsea have also had talks with Josko Gvardiol’s representative Marjan Šišić but RB Leipzig are determined to hang onto the highly-rated Croatian who has also attracted interest this summer from Manchester City and Tottenham.
RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol is also on Thomas Tuchel’s radar this summer
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