Chelsea won't give up on 21-year-old who could leave for £80m

Report: Chelsea simply won't give up over buying 21-year-old, could be their second best expensive signing ever

Reports suggest Chelsea are not willing to give up buying Wesley Fofana this summer.

According to TalkSPORT, the Blues are aware that a deal in the region of £80m could be enough to see Leicester City part with their defender.

The Blues are beginning to get desperate in their hunt for a centre-back this summer, having missed out on a number of top targets already.

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They were favourites at a point to sign Matthijs de Ligt from Juventus earlier this summer, before Bayern Munich’s project convinced him to join them instead.

The big miss however was Jules Kounde, who ended up joining Raphinha in snubbing the Blues for Barcelona, despite a year of touting the Frenchman.

Chelsea wont give up on Fofana

However, TalkSPORT have claimed that they are now insistent on adding Fofana to their ranks, stating they are yet to be put off by the Foxes’ stance on him being not for sale.

Brendan Rodgers stated the 21-year-old was not for sale, with them yet to make any signings of themselves this summer.

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The quoted price for the Frenchman would make him the second most expensive signing in Chelsea’s history, only behind last summer’s coup of Romelu Lukaku, which certainly didn’t work out as planned.

With the club now entering the final month of the transfer window and the last few days before the season begins, the desire among the fanbase for deals to be done at the back soon, with a signing required to complement the deal for Kalidou Koulibaly which was actually pulled off.

The need to complete it soon allows Thomas Tuchel the opportunity to assess how the young defender would fit into his system, although the difference in Leicester’s defence when he was injured last season compared to before that should be all the evidence required that he would be a class addition to the squad.

Jack is a writer for The Chelsea Chronicle. He has been a part of GRV Media since June 2022. He has a First Class Honours degree in Football Journalism from the University of Derby, graduating in 2021. Jack has experience working freelance for The Sun and The Athletic, whilst also being published for the Non-League Paper and reporting for Burton Albion's academy side. He is a lifelong Chelsea fan and will debate with anyone about everything and anything football related. He also holds a passion for gaming and music, and thinks he knows every word to every Oasis song ever released