Chelsea have agreed a €38million (£33.6million) deal with AS Monaco for centre-back Benoit Badiashile, football.london understands. The defender will sign a six-and-a-half deal at Stamford Bridge after agreeing personal terms with Graham Potter’s side.
football.london understands that Badiashile is currently in London to undergo his medical after personal terms were signed. The Blues had identified the France international as a key defensive reinforcement following the injury to summer signing Wesley Fofana. Badiashile will become the Blues’ second signing of the January transfer window after Todd Boehly spent close to £300m in his first transfer window.
Chelsea have been hunting for a new defender for the majority of the season, despite the summer arrivals of Kalidou Koulibaly and Fofana . RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, as well as a number of young options, including Evan N’Dicka of Eintracht Frankfurt. Badiashile will join David Datro Fofana as the second piece of Blues’ business conducted in January.
The striker agreed to join from Norwegian side Molde in December but his contribution to Potter’s side remains unclear. Unlike Fofana, Badiashile will be involved in the Chelsea first team from the off to tighten up the backline at Stamford Bridge. The 6ft 4in centre-back will leave Monaco after progressing through their youth ranks.
The Limoges-born player has made over 130 appearances for the Ligue 1 side and arrives at England with experience in the Champions League and at international level.
Badiashile made his France senior debut in September in the 2-0 win over Austria before starting in the following game against Denmark. He has also been capped at U16 level all the way through to U21, where he played alongside current Blues star Fofana.