Dean Jones, a journalist, says that Chelsea is “in the final stages of their paperwork” as they try to make Wesley Fofana an official member of the team.
After long talks with Leicester City, Thomas Tuchel seems likely to get one of his top defensive targets. This would mean that both Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen would finally be replaced.
What’s the most recent news about Fofana?
After Kalidou Koulibaly came to Chelsea from Napoli, the club wanted to add a younger center back to pair with the 31-year-old.
Sky Sports said that the Foxes turned down three offers from the Blues before they finally agreed to the terms and let Fofana’s sale go through in a £70 million deal.
The France U-21 player is said to have agreed to a six-year deal with Chelsea. Before the move can be finalized, he is being flown to the U.S. for a medical.
The Athletic’s David Ornstein says this is because the new owners of the capital club want “additional peace of mind” after Fofana broke his leg and hurt his ankle ligaments in preseason last year.
No problems are expected to be found, though, and the 21-year-old could be in the starting lineup when Chelsea plays West Ham United this weekend.
What’s been said about Fofana by Jones?
Jones told GiveMeSport that the “deal is done” and that Fofana will be playing for Chelsea, which was a “relief” for the club’s leaders.
He said, “The deal is done, and Chelsea is just finishing up the paperwork that will make it official that he is their player and let them show him off.”
“They’re so happy about this. It will be nice to see him on the shirt, and he is an important part of their future.
Is Fofana worth the money he costs?
Fofana has only played 82 senior club games for Saint-Etienne and Leicester, but he has already shown many times that he has the ability to be a top-class player.
WhoScored says that in his first season in England, the 6’3″ star won 3.3 aerial duels, made 2.2 interceptions, 3.3 clearances, and 0.6 blocks, which put him in the top two among his teammates for each stat.
Fofana’s development was hampered by an injury last season, which kept him from making more than seven Premier League appearances.
Fofana got back to his best by the end of the 2021/22 season, and Chelsea paid a lot for him because he has the potential to become one of the best center backs in the world.