Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has claimed that Chelsea’s hierarchy are confident of completing the signing of Wesley Fofana from Leicester City. The Italian journalist revealed in one of his tweets that Fofana has already agreed personal terms with the Blues.
Romano has now claimed that Fofana is a priority at Stamford Bridge before the window ends. He also stated that the board are confident about completing the transfer despite Leicester City’s resilience. Speaking in one of his videos on his YouTube channel, Romano was quoted as saying the following (via The Chelsea Chronicle):
“He knows Todd Boehly and Thomas Tuchel are doing their best to sign him as soon as possible, but at the moment the negotiation is yet to be completed.”
“Chelsea will try with another bid in the next days, Chelsea are preparing this bid, they want to push again because Fofana is their real priority after missing out on many centre- backs during the market. They have a feeling they can do it.”
Thomas Tuchel’s side have been chasing a new centre-back all summer long despite already signing Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli earlier in the window. They lost both Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger on free transfers earlier this summer. The Blues failed to bring in Jules Kounde and Matthijs de Ligt, who joined FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich respectively.
Their primary target Fofana currently has five years remaining on current Leicester contract. The French centre-back only signed a new contract with the Foxes back in March this year. Leicester City are consequently in a better negotiating position than the Blues.
According to Leicestershire Live , the 2016 Premier League champions want more than £80 million for the defender. The asking fee is more than what Manchester United paid the Foxes for Harry Maguire back in the summer of 2019. After an injury-hit season last time around, Fofana has featured in both of Leicester’s games in the Premier League this season.