Wesley Fofana urges Leicester to accept Chelsea transfer offer as Blues push for Anthony Gordon and Barcelona duo

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Esley Fofana has told Leicester of his desire to move to Chelsea as the defender grows increasingly frustrated with the price tag set for his potential summer transfer.

The 21-year-old could cost more than the world-record fee paid for a defender when Manchester United bought Harry Maguire for £80m from Leicester in 2019.

It comes after two offers worth up to £70m were rejected by Brendan Rodgers’ side with no breakthrough yet found, although Thomas Tuchel is keen to sign another defender central.

The France Under-21 international now fears Chelsea will back down from the move after struggling to perform at the weekend, in a 4-2 loss to Arsenal amid transfer talk surrounding it.

Meanwhile, the Blues also know Everton’s Anthony Gordon is keen on a move to west London despite their £43million offer being rejected on Sunday.

The Toffees have insisted their 21-year-old academy graduate is not for sale but the Blues could increase their offer or bring in several fringe players in the hope of making the breakthrough.

After being offered Barcelona duo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Frenkie de Jong, the Blues haven’t made any significant progress in convincing either player to make a move this summer.

Frenkie de Jong and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang remain Chelsea targets

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The Catalan giants remain open to selling the duo with valuations of £21m for Aubameyang and £71m for De Jong as Barcelona remain hopeful of funding a move for Bernardo Silva from Manchester City despite the financial fair play concerns.

However, Chelsea are keen to receive more positive feedback from players’ agents before moving forward with either deal.

Chelsea are also planning player sales to help defray expenses of up to £300m during the summer trading period.


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