Interest fee

Leicester demand world record fee from Chelsea to sign Fofana – Sporting Life

Chelsea have been told they will have to pay a world record fee if they hope to end the standoff with Leicester City and sign Wesley Fofana before the transfer window closes.

Thomas Tuchel spent much of the end of the season rebuilding a defense that lost the services of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, while Marcos Alonso is also set to leave.

Kalidou Koulibaly already looks like an ideal replacement for Rudiger, while Marc Cucarella will compete with Ben Chilwell who has just returned from a long injury.

Finding a replacement for Christensen, however, was anything but simple, with Chelsea frustrated in their attempts to sign Jule Kounde who ultimately opted for Barcelona after opting out of Sevilla.

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Chelsea have since turned to Koundé’s compatriot Fofana, who excelled in the Premier League after moving to the Foxes from Saint Etienne two years ago.

Leicester have endured a difficult summer themselves and are battling to retain their strengths. Long-serving goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel left for Nice earlier this month, while James Maddison is attracting interest from Newcastle.

Chelsea have already seen two offers for Fofana rebuffed, but Leicester appear to be softening their stance and, according to The Telegraph, will sell the 21-year-old if they receive an offer higher than the world record amount Manchester United have paid him. for a defender at Harry Maguire three years ago.

Forking out more than £80m shouldn’t deter new owner Todd Boehly, who is determined to arm Tuchel with a team capable of challenging Manchester City and Liverpool for the title.

Asked if there was a cut-off point for Leicester to consider any offer, Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers said yesterday: “It will depend on the ownership, the final decision will be theirs.”

“Even now it would be late to look for replacements, but it’s definitely something the later it gets the more difficult it becomes.”

“Another year here for him at least would be really important for his development, but he’s quite calm and relaxed in the situation.”

“He is aware of the interest. He understands where we are as a club and where we see it. He continues his work and trains well, and whenever there is communication, we can have a conversation.