Chelsea’s hopes of bringing Ben Chilwell to Stamford Bridge this summer could be about to collapse.
The Blues have splashed the cash in the forward ranks thus far, but according to reports, a deal for Chilwell had been inching closer.
Chilwell is understood to be keen on the move and the opportunity for Champions League football with the Blues.
However, as per The Sun, that transfer looks to be hanging in the balance. That’s due to a heel injury that the player is currently suffering with. According to the paper, Chilwell will on Monday visit a specialist to get a diagnosis on the problem.
Chilwell initially expected to be out of action for a further three weeks. But the paper reports the 23-year-old could be facing nearer six weeks on the sidelines. And if that verdict is returned on his lay-off, the paper claims Chelsea could pull out of negotiations.
The injury forced Chilwell to miss the last five games of Leicester’s season as the Foxes finished fifth.
Chelsea’s 2020-21 campaign kicks off at Brighton on September 14, exactly three weeks today.
A source told The Sun: “If Ben gets news he is going to be out for another six weeks, not three, then Chelsea could well take a totally different view on this whole matter.”
Chelsea to move for Reguilon instead
Should the deal for Chilwell collapse, Chelsea will likely turn to Sergio Reguilon.
The Spaniard, 23, has recently won the Europa League with loan club Sevilla. He impressed English audiences with his performances versus Wolves and Man Utd along the way.
Parent club Real Madrid reportedly see him as surplus to requirements, with the ‘doors closed’ on a return to The Bernabeu.
Chelsea are described as being ‘in the lead’ in the race to sign Reguilon who has also attracted interest from Napoli.
A fee of £22.5m is cited as being required to seal the deal, and should Reguilon be allowed to depart, Madrid will reportedly include a buy-back clause within his contract.