'Definitely not': £80m PL player is not a primary target for Chelsea, but Boehly hasn't ruled out move - journalist

Journalist Dean Jones has claimed to GiveMeSport that Harry Maguire is not currently one of Chelsea’s primary targets this summer.

However, it has been claimed that Todd Boehly has struggled to rule out a move, with there being just over a week remaining in the transfer window.

The Blues have been notably interested in signing a defender before the window ends, despite already bringing in Kalidou Koulibaly and Marc Cucurella.

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Their interest has mostly been around Leicester City’s Wesley Fofana, with them reportedly now having three bids rejected by the Foxes.

The 21-year-old is pushing to join Chelsea, with him being left out of the club’s last game against Southampton due to his intentions to leave.

Maguire not a primary Chelsea target

Maguire emerged as a shock candidate to join the club last week, however Jones has claimed he is unlikely to be their choice for a new defender.

He said: “Maguire is definitely not one of Chelsea’s prime targets for this window but when names are proposed to Todd Boehly in any discussions with any clubs or agents, he refuses to rule anything out.”

The Manchester United man has certainly had his critics since moving to Old Trafford, following his £80m move from Leicester.

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It has even been noted by the Blues that a potential world record move for Fofana is undesirable, given the pressure and critics Maguire has faced since his move.

While he consistently performs for England in a system similar to Chelsea’s, the Blues should be pushing to sign Fofana instead, with his potential extremely high despite showing he is a more than competent Premier League defender.

Freeing up Reece James to play wide would also make any signing an intelligent one, with Fofana’s position likely to be on the right of a three if he does move.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.