Wesley Fofana open to joining Chelsea to boost World Cup hopes

L’Équipe report that Leicester defender Wesley Fofana would not be against a move to Chelsea, as he looks to increase his chances of making it into Didier Deschamps’ France squad in time for the World Cup at the end of the year.

The 21-year-old returned in March from a broken leg which sidelined him for a half a year, and soon set his sights on a place in Qatar. The French youth international, though, has yet to be called up for the senior side.

With the prospect of Champions League football increasing those chances, Chelsea’s recent interest has grabbed the centre-back’s attention. The Blues are set to make their first offer – the amount has yet to transpire – and had previously looked to sign other French defenders who were considered to be cheaper, in Jules Koundé – who joined Barcelona – as well as Benjamin Pavard and Presnel Kimpembe.

Leicester, who recently tied Fofana down to a contract until 2027, will not negotiate for a fee under €60m, with the defender considered a crucial asset to the squad. The club initially planned to let him leave to the right bidder at the end of next season, but should a good offer this summer come in they will not stand in his way. 

Chelsea also face competition from Manchester City, and potentially Paris Saint-Germain as well. The Frenchman is notably among the options that Luís Campos has identified should Milan Škriniar’s move from Inter Milan fall through, although an approach has yet to take place.


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