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Chelsea are confident they can sign Leicester City defender Wesley Fofana


Aug-09 10:16 first published at 10:16 AM

Chelsea are growing increasingly confident that they will be able to sign Leicester City centre-back Wesley Fofana, according to 90min. The Blues have already signed Kalidou Koulibaly and Marc Cucurella this summer, but they are looking for another central defender, with Fofana at the top of their list. Leicester have publicly ruled out a sale, but 90min understands the club would be willing to do business if Chelsea made an offer of around £80 million. Chelsea’s latest offer was worth £70 million, which Leicester rejected, but sources close to the negotiations have revealed that the Blues are confident that a total agreement is not far away. Leicester is expected to keep their asking price of more than £80 million. Chelsea attempted to negotiate a lower price by offering players in exchange, but the Foxes refused and would prefer a cash-only deal as it stands. With only £10 million separating the two clubs and Fofana said to be keen on moving to Stamford Bridge, Chelsea are confident of completing a deal. Negotiations with Fofana are still ongoing, and Chelsea are also interested in bringing in another right-back to compete with Reece James this season. Talking Transfers features Scott Saunders, Graeme Bailey, and Sean Walsh discussing Chelsea’s plans to sign Wesley Fofana. There’s news on James Maddison, Jamie Vardy, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Frenkie de Jong, as well as Diogo Jota’s new contract and Roberto Firmino’s future at Liverpool. Available on all audio platforms as well as the 90-minute YouTube channel. If you can’t see the podcast embed, you can download the entire episode here! Cesar Azpilicueta, a veteran defender, has committed to staying at Chelsea but has recently spoken of his difficulties playing as Thomas Tuchel’s wing-back, a role that the 32-year-old found too physically demanding. Chelsea’s preferred candidate for the role remains Inter’s Denzel Dumfries, but concerns about the Dutchman’s price tag have led them to inquire about Southampton’s Kyle Walker-Peters as well. Malang Sarr is in Monaco for a medical ahead of a season-long loan that includes a buy-back clause if the centre-back makes a certain number of appearances. Forward Timo Werner has also returned to Leipzig to finalize a permanent move back to his former club.

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