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Transfer News: Chelsea are keeping a keen eye on Leicester City star Wesley Fofana

Transfer News: Chelsea are keeping a keen eye on Leicester City star Wesley Fofana

According to Foot Mercato (h/t The Sun), Chelsea are keen on securing the services of Leicester City ace Wesley Fofana. The Blues as facing a potential centre-back crisis that could unfold at Stamford Bridge at the end of the 2021-22 season.

The Blues are in danger of losing the heart of their defence as four centre-backs are out of contracts in 2022. Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger, and Thiago Silva could all leave as free agents come next summer.

The English club have enjoyed much success following Thomas Tuchel’s appointment as the manager following the sacking of Frank Lampard. They have won the Champions League last season and are currently on top of the Premier League table. The solid defence has played a role in helping the club reach this stage.

Transfer News: Chelsea are keeping a keen eye on Leicester City star Wesley Fofana. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
Wesley Fofana of Leicester City gives instructions to his teammates. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

The Champions League holders have only conceded four goals from 11 matches in the league this season, which shows the solidity of the backline. They have shortlisted Fofana as a potential replacement should any of their key players leave ahead of next season.

Tuchel’s team will face heavy competition from Manchester United and Real Madrid, who are both keeping tabs on the 20-year-old. He is currently out due to a Fibula fracture suffered during a pre-season friendly against Villarreal.

Transfer News: Chelsea are keeping a keen eye on Leicester City star Wesley Fofana.
Wesley Fofana is currently injured. (Image: Michael Regan/Getty Images)

The Frenchman is expected to return to action only next year. Having held talks with the Leicester star, the league leaders will look out for how he fares post-recovery before deciding on the potential transfer.

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The Foxes will also be looking at his condition after recovery, to name a price for the suitors. It is said that they will ask for a sum of around £80million, which was paid for Harry Maguire back in 2019. Whether Chelsea will do what is needed to land Fofana remains to be seen.

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