According to a Mirror report, the French centre-back is “pushing” for a move to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea emerged recently as surprising contenders to offer Fofana a way out of Leicester.
CHELMINGHAM attempted to sign Josko Garudiol in a loan swap with Werner, but RB Leipzig still have no plans to sell him. We will discuss other options. ? #CFC
Fofana is the top target, but Leicester wants to keep him.
Pagar, backup option as reported days back.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 31, 2022
The Blues obviously recognise the talent the 21-year-old has, and with Thomas Tuchel looking to rebuild his backline following the departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, Fofana would be a statement signing.
Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes have a record asking for a staggering PS90m. This is in keeping with his potential significance, as we exclusively reported.
We are hard-pressed to believe that the Premier League 2015-16 winners will accept their high asking price. In 2019, former player Harry Maguire was sold by Manchester United for a record breaking PS78m. This sum still makes him the world’s most costly defender. Fofana is now on track to be the sport’s most costly defender. Leicester City would almost certainly use Maguire’s move to Old Trafford three year ago as a marker. Therefore, Chelsea will have a difficult time negotiating his price tag.
Leicester city is also not under any pressure to sell the Saint Etienne former star. Fofana’s contract runs through 2027, which will further strengthen the Foxes position.
The possibility of Chelsea signing a deal will depend on Chelsea’s willingness (and record books). But, whatever happens, it’s going be an exciting last few weeks in the summer transfer window.
A potential deal is likely to hinge on Chelsea’s willingness to break the bank (and record books) but either way, it’s going to be an interesting final few weeks of the summer transfer window.