“It’s getting closer and closer” -Journalist says Chelsea are closing in on completing £80 million major summer deal
Journalist Simon Phillips has reported that Chelsea are moving closer to agreeing a deal for Leicester City defender Wesley Fofana.
The Blues are in the hunt for a second new centre-back this summer after signing Kalidou Koulibaly from S.S.C Napoli for a fee of around £33 million. Fofana has been on their radar and a move could potentially be on the horizon. Phillips told GiveMeSport :
“In terms of the fee and the deal, Chelsea have been talking all week again and are roughly about £10m apart in the fee, which they are now trying to make up in add ons and are also trying to make the deal more favourable for Leicester with the structure of it.”
The Blues have reportedly already seen multiple bids rejected by Leicester for Fofana, but are determined to land the young French defender this summer. Phillips believes that Thomas Tuchel’s side are very close to agreeing a fee (£80 million) and should see a deal done rather quickly. He continued:
“Chelsea’s latest proposal should reach around £80m, but I still think Leicester are going to push for that £85m. So, it’s getting closer and closer as the days go on, but they just need to find that final fee that Leicester will accept.”
Fofana will join Koulibaly as Tuchel’s new central defensive option alongside Thiago Silva, Cesar Azpilicueta and Trevoh Chalobah. The club lost Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger this summer, both of whom left as free agents to join Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively.
The two-time UEFA Champions League winners recently let Malang Sarr leave the club on loan. They could also be set to part ways with the likes of Ethan Ampadu, Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri.