Chelsea consider firing a THIRD bid for defender Wesley Fofana

Chelsea considering a THIRD bid for Wesley Fofana despite Leicester’s reluctance to sell for less than £80m… as Foxes continue to fend off interest for defender and trio James Maddison, Youri Tielemans and Harvey Barnes

  • Chelsea are weighing up whether to fire a third bid for Leicester’s Wesley Fofana
  • The Foxes want to keep the defender and have already snubbed two Blues offers
  • They are demanding a fee in excess of £80m – a world-record fee for a defender 
  • The French centre-half is thought to be pushing for a Leicester exit this summer 

Chelsea are weighing up a third bid for Wesley Fofana this week despite Leicester’s reluctance to consider selling their star defender.

The Blues have already submitted two bids for Fofana, with the second thought to be worth about £65million. 

Leicester say publicly that the 21-year-old is not for sale but an offer in excess of £80m – which would be a world-record fee for a defender – would give them a decision to make.

Chelsea are considering whether to submit a third bid for Leicester defender Wesley Fofana

Leicester accept privately that Fofana will not be with them for the long term but their preference is for him to spend one more season at King Power Stadium before departing next summer. 

Yet Fofana is flattered by Chelsea’s interest and is believed to be pushing for a move in this transfer window.

It is unclear at this stage whether Chelsea would be prepared to offer above the £80m Manchester United paid the Foxes for Harry Maguire three years ago.

Leicester need to sell players this summer to fund Rodgers’ spending plans, and their next set of accounts is set to show a significant loss.

The Foxes are willing to sell midfielder Youri Tielemans, whose contract expires next summer

Newcastle have also had two offers rejected for the Foxes’ star playmaker James Maddison

Their struggle to shift fringe players has left them more vulnerable to approaches for star names and the club have turned down two bids from Newcastle for attacking midfielder James Maddison, while they are also willing to sell Youri Tielemans, who has entered the final 12 months of his contract. 

Newcastle have also enquired about winger Harvey Barnes, valued in excess of £60m.

Chelsea turned to Fofana after failing to land moves for their initial targets Jules Kounde, who joined Barcelona from Sevilla, and Paris St Germain defender Presnel Kimpembe.

The Magpies have also enquired about Harvey Barnes, who is valued at more than £60m

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