Report: 21-year-old open to Stamford Bridge move but Chelsea will have to pay big

Leicester City centre-back Wesley Fofana would be open to joining Chelsea as he considers a move to Stamford Bridge could boost his chances of making France’s 2022 World Cup squad, according to L’Equipe.

Earlier, Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claims that Fofana is one of the two centre-backs currently on Chelsea’s list, alongside RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol.

Both are highly-rated young defenders, but Fofana is, obviously, already accustomed to the Premier League.

The 21-year-old missed over half a year due to a broken leg (fibula fracture) before returning to action in March, but considering how he immediately reclaimed his starting spot at Leicester, he seems to have recovered well.

He also signed a new five-year deal with Leicester in March, which could prove a deterrent to any potential buyers, including Chelsea.

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French outlet L’Equipe, however, claims that the player himself would be open to joining Chelsea.

Fofana, who has yet to make his debut for France, reportedly believes Champions League football that Chelsea can offer would increase his chances of making the national team in time for the World Cup at the end of the year.

Although, in the end, Chelsea will have to meet an agreement with Leicester, who are reportedly reluctant to let go of the young centre-back.

Chelsea are expected to make their first offer for the former Saint-Etienne man soon, although Paris Saint-Germain could reportedly enter the race despite their prioritising their pursuit of Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar.

L’Equipe mentions that Leicester will not accept any offer below €60million (£50.4m) for Fofana.

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CBS Sports’ Ben Jacobs, on the other hand, insisted that Leicester want more than £70m for the defender despite reports in France.

Considering Fofana’s new, long contract, Leicester are in a comfortable negotiation position to set a big price tag.

Jacobs also added that Fofana will not force an exit this summer, despite Chelsea’s appeal.

Update: The Athletic claims Chelsea are working on a potential deal for Fofana, as well as Inter Milan’s Denzel Dumfries, but Leicester want around £80-85m for the player.

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