Chelsea have reached an agreement on personal terms with Leicester City defender Wesley Fofana and could also decide to battle Arsenal for the services of Yeremy Pino in the not-too-distant future, according to reports. The Blues have been chasing a move for Fofana for a number of weeks but have so far been thwarted by Leicester’s reluctance to sell, with only a few weeks remaining until the end of the summer window.
The Blues have already seen at least two lucrative bids knocked back by Leicester, who are in no mood to let go of their prized asset in spite of Chelsea’s fixation on bringing him to Stamford Bridge. Fofana wants to join Chelsea, though and has now settled on personal terms with the west Londoners, according to Fabrizio Romano.
It is claimed that Fofana is desperate to sign for the Blues before next month’s all-important transfer deadline and would be prepared to sign a contract on the agreed terms if a deal can be struck at club level in the near future. However, Leicester are yet to revise their firm stance against a move elsewhere for the 21-year-old, which suggests that Chelsea will need to improve on their previous offers in order to resolve the situation.
Those in power at Chelsea are said to be planning a new bid after establishing Fofana as a priority target, with Thomas Tuchel keen on adding at least one new centre-back to his ranks over the coming days. The possibility of a successful move for the Leicester man is still believed to be on the cards, but it will be hugely difficult for the Blues to tempt the Foxes into selling without agreeing to make Fofana the world’s most expensive defender.
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Meanwhile, new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is also said to be planning for the capture of Villarreal winger Yeremy Pino, who has been mentioned in connection with a possible move to Arsenal as of late. The Gunners are said to have developed a keen interest in bringing the teenager to the Emirates Stadium but it seems as though Chelsea may look to jump the queue in the race to secure his signature before the transfer window closes.
Pino is currently being tracked by the Blues but it remains to be seen whether a deal can be agreed with Villarreal as a matter of urgency in order to pip Arsenal in the battle to snap him up. Chelsea have also been exploring a move for Everton wide man Anthony Gordon.
Chelsea have already spent more than any other Premier League club on new players since the end of last season, with Boehly having splashed around £175million in the market over the last few months. Tuchel has already insisted that he will be looking to make further additions to his squad between now and the end of the window but went on to admit that it would not be the end of the world if no more deals are struck over the coming weeks.
“We don’t play fantasy football, and in the end, we need to pay for it, convince the players, and convince clubs to give us their best players, and this is simply not happening,” the Chelsea boss told reporters earlier this month.
“I am super happy with what we’ve succeeded so far. Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, Carney [Chukwuemeka] and Marc Cucurella are fantastic signings, and I’m more than happy they are with us.
“It’s not finished, everybody knows. But if it’s finished, if we don’t do anything else, we fight with this squad. If it’s not finished, we try to get further quality and with further quality, the ambition level rises.”
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