Chelsea, as per reports, are growing in confidence about signing Leicester City’s Wesley Fofana. The Foxes’ manager Brendan Rodgers, however, doesn’t think so, as far as the latest Chelsea transfer news is concerned.
Chelsea are in for Leicester City star Wesley Fofana. The 21-year-old may have just returned from a severe injury five months prior, but the Blues see his potential worth investing upwards of 70 million pounds. Reports regarding Chelsea’s transfer news claimed that new co-owner Todd Boehly-led recruitment team had submitted bids worth 60 and 70 million, respectively, but the Foxes held firm in their valuation.
Their manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed the same in a recent press conference, reiterating that their prized asset was not for sale this summer.
“There have been no new bids this week,” Rodgers said. “There were two [bids], but nowhere near what the club would consider. We’re not looking to sell.
“Naturally if there’s interest from other clubs, that is looked at by the club. He’s a top young defender and there are not too many around his age.
“Another year for him at least would be really important for his development. Wesley is quite calm on the situation. He is aware of the interest. He’s just getting on with his work.”
Rodgers’s stance comes as no surprise. Two seasons ago, with Chelsea circling the then-Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell, the Northern Irishman had said the same. The Foxes, claimed Rodgers, had no intention of selling the young fullback and that he was strictly not for sale. As it happened later in the window, Chilwell completed a permanent transfer to Chelsea for a fee believed to be in the region of 50 million pounds – a figure far lower than what had been reported all summer as Leicester’s asking price.
Could Fofana, then, complete a similar switch from the Midlands to London – the Chelsea beat believes so. However, as per new reports from the Telegraph, the Blues will have to pay a world-record fee to prise the youngster away from their Premier League opponents, eclipsing the fee that Liverpool paid for Virgil van Dijk, Juventus paid for Matthijs de Ligt, and Manchester United paid for Harry Maguire.