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Chelsea willing to pay world-record £85 million fee for Leicester defender Wesley Fofana

Chelsea Willing to pay a world record fee of £85m to land on top target Wesley Fofana Leicester City.

The Blues saw the departure of centre-backs Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen – to Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively – on free transfers in the summer.

But Thomas Tuchel is keen to sign another defender and has a look at Fofana, 21.

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Chelsea, backed by new US billionaire owner Todd Boyle, made a massive £60m bid, but Leicester want the same level of fees they successfully charged Harry Maguire in 2019.

Manchester United paid £80m for the England defender, according to the sunAnd the Chelsea are ready to meet Leicester’s £85m valuation for Fovana.

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Chelsea are hoping to seal a deal for less, but values ​​Fofana so highly that they would be happy to give Leicester exactly what they ask for.

It would be a world record amount for a defender, exceeding the amount the Foxes raised from selling Maguire three years ago.

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Leicester paid £36.5m to sign Fofana from Saint-Etienne and he was in good shape in his first season as Brendan Rodgers’ side won the FA Cup – ironically beating Chelsea in the final at Wembley.

He broke his leg in pre-season last year and was out until March when he returned with a goal against Rennes in the UEFA Conference League.

Chelsea missed out on French duo Jules Conde and Presnel Kimpembe, but came close to a £60m move for Marc Cucurella at Brighton.

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Promising defender Levi Colwell, 19, is set to move in the opposite direction as part of the deal, but it is not yet known if it will be permanent or on loan.

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