Chelsea ‘agree record fee’ with Leicester for Wesley Fofana after summer saga

Chelsea have reached an agreement to sign Leicester City centre-back Wesley Fofana, according to reports.

The Athletic reports that there has been finally a breakthrough in the saga and that the Frenchman is set to move to Stamford Bridge.

The Foxes had rejected an improved offer from the Blues for the 21-year-old earlier this week but now a deal has been struck, it appears. Reports suggest the fee is £76.4m, which would be a world record for a centre-back, surpassing the £73.94m Manchester United paid for Harry Maguire.

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Personal terms with Chelsea will certainly not be a problem given how much the player has wanted to leave.

Thomas Tuchel ’s men had previously made two bids for the defender but both fell short of Leicester’s valuation.

Fofana had been dropped by Brendan Rodgers for the 2-1 defeat by Southampton last Saturday as he apparently asked not to play in the game.

The former Liverpool boss said prior to the match that he had left Fofana out as he was not “in the right frame of mind” to join up with the rest of the squad.

“I mentioned in the week about coming into a Premier League game and maybe one or two players not being in the right frame of mind, you can’t carry them and certainly we can’t,” Rodgers said to NBC.

“So that’s the reason for the change.”

The highly-rated defender signed for Leicester from French side Saint-Etienne for £36.5million in October 2020 – but he has only featured on 52 occasions for the Midlands club, owing to a broken leg he sustained last season during a pre-season friendly against Villarreal.

In his press conference, Rodgers stressed that players must depart if he is to bring anymore in before the transfer window closes on. “[We’re] probably looking at a few players at least [leaving] to try and allow us to do some business to bring some in,” he said. “That’s been the model of the club in terms of a player moving on and releasing funds to bring in other players.”


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