Chelsea react to Leicester City’s £80m asking price for Wesley Fofana | Soccer

Wesley Fofana is Chelsea's number one target (Image: Getty)

Wesley Fofana is Chelsea’s number one target (Image: Getty)

Chelsea have not been dissuaded from chasing Leicester City star Wesley Fofana after the Foxes set an £80million price tag for the defender.

The Blues have identified the Frenchman as a priority target after Jules Kounde opted for a move to Barcelona.

The Foxes are yet to sign a single contract this summer and Kasper Schmeichel is set to join Ligue 1 club Nice while there is interest in Newcastle United’s James Maddison.

Youri Tielemans has also hinted that he wants to leave the club and won’t sign an extension to his current contract, which expires in 12 months.

Brendan Rodgers has made it clear how unhappy he is with the club’s work so far this summer and the Foxes have tried to ward off Chelsea interest by demanding a record £80m fee for Fofana.

The number would correspond to the fee Manchester United paid for Harry Maguire in 2019 when they made the England ace the most expensive defender in world football.

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Tuchel wants at least two signings before the window closes (Image: Getty)

However, TalkSPORT report that Chelsea have not been deterred by Leicester’s asking price and the Blues remain keen on signing the Frenchman.

Chelsea will try to raise money by selling the likes of Marcos Alonso, Ross Barkley and Armando Broja, while Cesar Azpilicueta and Hakim Ziyech could also leave.

The Blues could offer some unwanted players in a partial swap with Leicester to lower Fofana’s overall fee, but it’s unclear if Rodgers is interested in Chelsea players.

Fofana signed a new five-year deal with the Midlands club last season which put Leicester in a strong negotiating position.

Tuchel is keen to sign a right-back and another forward before the window closes, with Inter Milan’s Denzel Dumfries a target.

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