Premier League • England

Wesley Fofana takes Leicester exit into his own hands, with Chelsea poised to do what they hoped to avoid

Wesley Fofana during a Leicester City match

Wesley Fofana has tried to force Leicester’s hand in the market, and a report has claimed Chelsea will eventually do what they initially hoped to avoid to make the move happen.

Chelsea have already seen bids worth £60m and £65m knocked back for Fofana. The 21-year-old centre-back is one of the brightest young defenders the Premier League has to offer, and Leicester are fully aware of the gem they have.

That’s led to reports claiming they want a world record fee for a defender to part ways. The current record stands at the £80m Man Utd paid Leicester in 2019, and the Foxes want to go one better three years on.

In reality, Leicester are looking for around £85m. That’s led to Fofana growing frustrated through feeling the Foxes are pricing him out of a move.

As a result, the Guardian now report Fofana has taken matters into his own hands in an attempt to speed up his exit.

They state Fofana has ‘told Leicester he wants to be allowed to join Chelsea’.

How big will Chelsea go for Fofana?

CBS reporter, Ben Jacobs, tweeted Chelsea are preparing a third bid worth £72m plus a further £10m in add-ons.

He added they’re reluctant to make Fofana the world’s most expensive defender given the extra pressure and attention that will bring.

However, the Guardian state Chelsea are fully aware it could take £85m to land their man in the end. What’s more, their sources claim Chelsea ‘will eventually meet Leicester’s price’.

That would suggest there won’t be a resolution soon as they’re likely to continue lodging slightly increased bids.

But in the end, the signs are pointing towards Fofana being at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea’s backline a force to be reckoned with

If Fofana does join, Thomas Tuchel will have completed a wholescale revamp of his rearguard.

Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger both left for free. Marcos Alonso may yet join Barcelona.

However, if Fofana signs, Tuchel will now have seven elite level players to chop and change in his back five.

At right wing-back, Reece James is the undisputed No 1. Cesar Azpilicueta can provide back-up, while Tuchel has also utilised Ruben Loftus-Cheek there on occasion.

At centre-half, the starting three would likely be Fofana and Kalidou Koulibaly either side of the evergreen Thiago Silva.

Marc Cucurella will compete with Ben Chilwell at left wing-back. However, Cucurella can also play at left centre-back if Chilwell gets the nod.

In reserve, Tuchel still has the likes of Trevoh Chalobah and Emerson Palmieri on the books.