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Chelsea to make their third bid for Wesley Fofana

Wesley Fofana, Six Sports

Chelsea are preparing another bid for Leicester City defender Wesley Fofana. They have already made two bids, but both of them have been turned down by Leicester.

It’s hardly surprising to see Thomas Tuchel seeking defensive reinforcements. They lost Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen to Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively. During the current transfer window, Chelsea has targeted a large number of players, particularly defenders.

They failed in their pursuit of Mattthijas De Ligt and Jules Kounde, but signed Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly. Now they look for another player who can fill in the three-man defence with Koulibaly and Thiago Silva. Fofana has been their priority for the last few weeks.

The Tug-Of-War For Fofana

Leicester recently rejected a bid of £70m rejected. Brendan Rodgers admitted that the club needs to sell some players in order to buy more. However, he maintained that Wesley Fofana will not be one of them. The defender himself is open to a move, but the club is not willing to sell him.

The 2015 Premier League winners are confident in keeping Fofana after he signed a five-year extension to his deal in March. Later this week, Chelsea is poised to put their determination to the test with another bid.

Leicester hasn’t added any new players yet this summer, so keeping hold of their current group will be crucial, particularly with a player of Fofana’s calibre. They have already lost goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel to Nice. James Maddison and Youri Tielemans have also been rumoured with an exit from the King Power stadium.

With the season kicking off last weekend, the Midlands club will be even more reluctant to sell the Frenchman. They will not have the time or pull to lure another defender of the same quality towards the end. As a result, their asking price will shoot up as well.

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