Chelsea’s initial bid for Leicester City defender Wesley Fofana is £20m below the Foxes’ valuation, reports CBS Sports reporter Golazo Ben Jacobs.
The Blues are set to hold ‘further talks’ with the East Midlands-based club and are ready to raise their initial valuation for the Frenchman.
The Blues have been eyeing Fofana as a long-term centre-back option since the previous summer transfer window. Back then, the London-based club were ready to offer £45million plus add-ons for the French defender.
However, Fofana signed a contract extension with Leicester in March, keeping the 21-year-old at the club until the summer of 2027. This led to an increase in the Foxes’ asking price for the centre-half.
Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) have also inquired about Fofana, valuing him at just under £55m. However, according to Jacobs, this valuation will not be sufficient for the transaction.
Fofana joined Leicester City in 2020 from Saint-Etienne. He has played 50 games for the Foxes so far and has also contributed a goal and an assist.
Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers insists the 21-year-old is ‘not for sale’. He said (via Metro):
“He’s not for sale. He’s very happy here. Naturally he will attract interest from other clubs. Our job, in not signing anyone so far, is to at least keep the players we have. I know that is the intention of the club.”
According to Jacobs, when Fofana signed an extension with the Foxes, he was told Leicester City would listen to “fair” offers in 2023. Leicester would rather sell the France international in the summer of 2023 than in the current window.
However, the Blues are still pursuing the signing of the French centre-half.
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The Blues have blocked an attempt by their London rivals to sign the 23-year-old as they need to find a replacement first.
The departures of Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger this summer have exhausted the Chelsea defence. Blues boss Thomas Tuchel faces another dilemma with the potential departures of Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso (via Football365).
The west London side have had an unfortunate transfer window so far, with the failed signings of Tuchel targets Jules Kounde and Matthijs de Ligt.