CHELSEA have reportedly agreed personal terms with Wesley Fofana – but they are still a long way off Leicester’s assessment of the player.
The west Londoners have been stalking the 21-year-old centre-back for the past few weeks and are keen to sign him before the September 1 transfer window closes.
Talks between the player’s representatives and Chelsea are ongoing and a preliminary deal has reportedly been agreed.
So says Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, who tweeted: “Wesley Fofana has agreed personal terms with Chelsea, so if the two clubs come to an agreement, the contract would be final.”
But the Blues are a long way from Leicester’s £85m asking price for the defender.
The Foxes are refusing to budge but could be forced to concede the Frenchman as he has made a transfer request.
The France Under-21 international informed the club that he wants to leave King Power Stadium for Chelsea earlier this week.
However, Leicester have no intention of letting the defender go anytime soon.
Brendan Rodgers said last week: “We don’t want to sell.
“If there is interest from other clubs, that will of course be checked by the club.
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“He’s a top young defender and there aren’t too many his age.”
Rodgers believes it would be in Fofana’s best interest to stay at the King Power for another season.
He said: “Another year here at least would be very important for his development, but he is dealing with the situation quite calmly and relaxed.
“He’s aware of the interest. He understands where we are as a club and where we see him.”
Fofana and his Leicester team-mates will be back in action on Saturday, welcoming Southampton to the King Power.
Chelsea, meanwhile, will travel to Elland Road on Sunday to take on Leeds.
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