Fabrizio Romano: Chelsea Prepare Third Bid for 21-Year-Old Defender

Wesley Fofana

In his latest column, Fabrizio Romano suggests that in the next few days we can expect a third offer from Todd Boehly and Chelsea for Leicester City’s Wesley Fofana.

Chelsea Not giving Up on Wesley Fofana

Previous Bids Rejected

Despite two rejected bids in the region of £60-£70 million, Chelsea are to go again into the negotiation room with the Foxes. With just under a month left of the window, the Blues are keen to bring in the 21-year-old, who is believed to want a move to West London.

Brendan Rodgers and Leicester are doing all they can to ensure the Frenchman remains at the King Power this season. The prospect of losing their star defender so late into the window is standing in the way of the move.

Fofana started in Leicester’s home draw to Brentford on Sunday. Despite his interest in the move, Leicester will continue to play him, given they are adamant he is not for sale. Yet, it is the belief that Fofana is keen on the move that is keeping Chelsea in the hunt.

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It will have to take an exceptional offer to secure the defender. With a £70 million bid already having been rejected, any eventual deal that sees Fofana arrive at Stamford Bridge will likely see him becoming one of the world’s most expensive defenders. It is former Leicester man Harry Maguire who currently holds this record after his move to Manchester United in 2019.

Wesley Fofana is just another of a host of players Leicester have been able to acquire for a small fee before possibly selling them on for incredible profit. The likes of N’Golo Kante and Ben Chilwell are other examples who ended up at Stamford Bridge themselves.

Centre Back a Priority for Tuchel

Chelsea have seen both Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen leave Stamford Bridge this summer. Despite securing the services of Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli last month, they are keen to reinforce this position, particularly with the insistence on playing a back three.

It is expected to be a busy month in West London as we approach the transfer deadline. Malang Sarr is another expected outgoing at the back, which further explains this persistence regarding Fofana.

Interest is also strong in the right wing-back position with Kyle Walker-Peters linked with a move back to London.

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Chelsea have a bloated squad. It appears they hope to shift a few fringe players off the books before the end of the window. With these funds seemingly going towards funding what could be a world record deal to bring Fofana to the club.