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Chelsea’s pursuit of Leicester City defender Wesley Fofana is not over yet

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Aug-03 03:06 first published at 03:06 AM


Even though Wesley Fofana removed Leicester City from his Twitter bio on Tuesday afternoon, the playing field for his potential transfer remains the same. Todd Boehly, the French defender, will demand a large fee from Leicester to leave the King Power Stadium this year. The Foxes understand his worth and are well aware of Chelsea’s growing desperation to sign another defender this window following the signing of Kalidou Koulibaly last month. Talks of a world-record fee for a defender, or at the very least a fee close to the £85 million Manchester United paid for Harry Maguire in 2019. Marc Cucurella plan, Ben Chilwell position: Tuchel Chelsea formation following £50 million transfer Spending this much money on a single player is intimidating. It’s risky territory for Chelsea. Chelsea fans have grown accustomed to historic transactions going horribly wrong. Consider Romelu Lukaku for £97 million and Kepa Arrizabalaga for £71 million. Both players are likely to finish the season on loan in Italy, a stark contrast to how those transfers turned out. You’re also dealing with a young player in Fofana, who has only recently returned from a leg break that kept him out for the majority of last season. It’s a bet on potential and the hope that he can develop into the player that many in football believe he can be. The best comparison point for justifying such an expenditure would be Bayer Leverkusen’s £71 million deal for Kai Havertz in 2020. Havertz had quickly risen to become one of the Bundesliga’s most admired young talents, providing invaluable service to his club and attracting interest from the game’s biggest names. Signing Havertz for such a high fee represented a long-term commitment to a project involving a talent Chelsea hoped would reach even greater heights. You could argue that his initial fee was repaid in Porto when he scored the game-winning goal in the Champions League final. Now that he’s under Tuchel’s tutelage, Havertz can start to find that much-needed consistency and show off the talent that’s clearly there heading into his third season. Spending potentially more than £100 million on two defenders this summer does not seem like good business, especially when you consider how much young talent was sold off at Cobham the previous summer. Even now, the prospect of selling Levi Colwill raises further doubts about the club’s strategy. But time is running out in this window, and Fofana would be a good addition for Thomas Tuchel now, but one Chelsea can see the value of in the future. READING NEXT After the impact of Udinese, Thomas Tuchel handed Chelsea a wildcard solution to their transfer headache. Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea are facing new challenges following the summer of change. Wesley Fofana’s Chelsea transfer stance reveals a glaring Todd Boehly problem in defender chase Chelsea Premier League schedule for 2022/23 Thomas Tuchel reveals a new Raheem Sterling tactical plan with a volatile Chelsea trio.

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