Report: Chelsea want to sign "fantastic" player in time to play vs Tottenham

Report: Tuchel wants to get Chelsea to sign 'fantastic' player before Friday so he can play against Tottenham this weekend

Chelsea reportedly want Leicester City’s Wesley Fofana signed and available to play against Tottenham this weekend.

According to Football.London, Blues manager Thomas Tuchel would like the 21-year-old signed and in his squad for Sunday’s Premier League fixture at home to Spurs.

It is understood that any new signing will need to be registered by Friday lunchtime in order to be available to play on the weekend.

The report explains Chelsea’s talks to sign the Leicester defender are ongoing. It’s been described as a “defining week” in the transfer pursuit to sign the French centre-back.

It’s been claimed elsewhere that Tuchel’s side are primed to submit a third bid of around £85million for Fofana.

Various media outlets all seem to point towards Chelsea pushing hard to bring the centre-half to Stamford Bridge before the summer transfer window closes.

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Chelsea want Fofana against Tottenham

With Spurs looking a dangerous proposition this season under Antonio Conte, this weekend’s game at the Bridge feels like a big chance for either side to put down a real marker.

It’s obvious that Chelsea will need to defend well against a top-class Spurs frontline, albeit they should be confident in their record against them.

If Fofana joins in the next few days, it’ll be quite the occasion to throw him into in his first game. At the same time, if you’re spending £80million-plus on a Premier League star he should be ready to go from day one.

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Described as “fantastic” by Frank Lebouef, Fofana is a ball-playing centre-back that could slot into Chelsea’s system of a back three.

A real strength of his game is his confidence in possession and ability to push forward, so it could suit him even more joining a Blues side that will usually dominate the ball.

Marc Cucurella successfully made his Chelsea debut on Saturday so soon after joining from Brighton, but the top players are capable of slotting in seamlessly.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.