Chelsea have reportedly make progress in their move to sign Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell this summer.
The England international has been heavily linked with a switch to Stamford Bridge ahead of the new season and it looks like he could be on his way to the capital.
According to Sky Sports, the Blues are “close” to agreeing a deal with Premier League rivals Leicester for the 23-year-old talent.
It is understood that Frank Lampard’s side have made progress in discussions over the left-footer and the transfer is expected to be completed by early next week.
The report explains that the left-back is keen on joining Chelsea and experiencing Champions League action, plus talkSPORT support claims that he’s close to a Leicester exit and that the initial transfer fee will be £50million.
Chilwell, who earns £65,000-a-week (Times), has emerged as one of the most promising left-backs in the Premier League in recent times and was key last season in a side that overachieved to earn a fifth-placed finish.
He is an attack-minded full-back that has come through the academy system at Leicester and replaced title-winner Christian Fuchs as the first-choice left-back at the King Power Stadium in recent seasons.
With new signings Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner already through the door ahead of the 2020/21 campaign, Chelsea appear to be a side with real intent moving forward and signing an England regular to slot into the starting XI will be a boost for manager Lampard.
The Leicester speed machine will be an upgrade on current options Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri, who haven’t quite managed to do enough in the past couple of seasons to earn the full trust of the supporters.