Wesley Fofana has dropped three hints on social media regarding a potential transfer to Chelsea with reports claiming he is doing all he can to engineer a move.
The French centre-half, 21, has emerged as a key target for Chelsea in recent days. The Blues have thus far replaced Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen with only Kalidou Koulibaly. And with Malang Sarr in talks with Monaco and Cesar Azpilicueta still on Barcelona’s radar, further additions are clearly required.
RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol is one target for the left side of the back three. The Croatian’s future could be intertwined with that of Timo Werner who is deep in discussions over a return to Germany.
Marc Cucurella has agreed personal terms with the Blues who are prepared to meet Brighton’s £50m valuation. The Spaniard is versatile and can operate at left wing-back, left-back or left centre-half.
Furthermore, Leicester’s Fofana is also in Chelsea’s crosshairs despite a lofty £75m-£80m valuation.
Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers was strong on the subject of Fofana moving to London when recently declaring “No, he’s not for sale.”
Rodgers went on to commend Fofana’s professionalism and insisted he was remaining calm amid the speculation. However, the player himself has now taken matters into his own hands.
Fofana makes feelings crystal clear
Firstly Fofana removed Leicester City from his Twitter bio. Where it once said “Professional Player at Leicester City”, it now states just “Professional Player”.
Secondly, Fofana pinned a tweet from May 22 to the top of his timeline that thanked the Leicester fans for their support during his recovery from a broken leg last season.
Thirdly, he posted an image to his Instagram Stories that featured a quote in French that translates to: “My father told me you’re going to annoy a lot of people when you start doing what’s best for you. And I’ve begun to realise it”
Football London’s Adam Newson tweeted Fofana is ‘doing his bit internally’ as well as externally on social media to engineer a move to Stamford Bridge.
Newson reaffirmed Fofana’s desire is to join Chelsea, though acknowledged Leicester are dead set against selling.
The idea of using Ruben Loftus-Cheek as a makeweight to sweeten the deal has been floated. However, the Telegraph’s Matt Law reported Loftus-Cheek has ‘no desire’ to leave the Blues and the current stance is the midfielder will not be sold.
Only cash will make Leicester sing
The Foxes are poised to lose Kasper Schmeichel to Nice. The veteran stopper has been a vocal leader in Leicester’s dressing room for over a decade, though will undergo a medical in France in the next 48 hours.
Leicester are the only side in Europe’s top five league to not make a first-team signing this summer. Clearly, all is not well at the King Power.
However, Fofana’s contract situation does put them in a strong position over the talented defender.
Fofana only signed a new Leicester deal extending his stay until 2027 in March. As such, unless Chelsea stump up the cash, Leicester are unlikely to budge.
Of course, Fofana could simply refuse to play in the hopes of forcing through a move. But with the World Cup less than six months away, his chances of breaking into the France team would plummet with that course of action.
If Fofana is to become a Blues players before the September 1 deadline, a bid close to Leicester’s £75m-£80m valuation will be required.