CHELSEA may have to pay a world record transfer fee to sign Wesley Fofana.
The Blues are preparing a swoop for the Leicester City defender after missing Jules Kounde.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has suffered a transfer blow with the news that Barcelona have snatched the Sevilla star from under their noses.
They had agreed a £55m deal for the 23-year-old France international and hoped to finally end their year-long pursuit of the defender.
But Barcelona decided to usurp them – leaving Tuchel looking for an alternative.
He is desperate for reinforcements after losing Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen to nothing after their respective contracts expired.
He managed to strengthen his backline after bringing in Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli, but wants another to fill in the gaps left by Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen after they left for nothing last month.
As we reported yesterday, that led them to switch to Leicester’s France Under-21 international Fofana.
The 21-year-old recently signed a bumper new contract with the Foxes until 2027 – which left the Foxes in a strong negotiating position.
Manager Brendan Rodgers is said to be reluctant to lose Fofana this summer, especially as goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel is set to leave for Nice.
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He is not expected to sanction a departure unless a huge offer is received.
Now The Guardian claim that “it is understood the club will demand at least £70million” if Chelsea come calling.
And they add that “the asking price could even be as high as £85m”, the same fee they withheld when they sold Harry Maguire for a record fee to Manchester United in 2019.
Fofana joined King Power from Saint-Etienne two years ago and shone in defense for Brendan Rodgers’ side.
The ace helped them win the FA Cup in 2021 and continued to play a key role last season.