By Nnamdi Onyeagwara

5th Aug, 2022 | 10:10am

Chelsea assessing whether to make bigger bid for Leicester City defender Wesley Fofana - reliable journalist

Chelsea are reportedly assessing whether to make a bigger bid for Leicester City defender Wesley Fofana, according to CBS journalist Ben Jacobs.

The French defender has been the subject of heavy transfer interest, with the 21-year-old’s impressive performances catching the eye of the Blues.

However, after having a bid for Fofana already rejected [L’Equipe], the London club are now deciding on whether to return to Leicester with an improved offer.

Jacobs said: “Chelsea assessing whether to make a bigger bid for Wesley Fofana.

“As previously reported, clubs around £20m apart in valuation.

“Initial approaches have been near-instantly rejected.”

New bid for Fofana?

If Chelsea are to return to the Midlands club with an improved offer, they will have to offer significantly more money than they have done previously.

Leicester are a notoriously good selling club, with the likes of Ben Chilwell and Harry Maguire both being sold for substantial transfer fees.

Fofana is one of the best young defenders in the country and the Foxes will be reluctant to lose him for anything less than he is worth.

At the age of 21, he still has a lot of room for growth and it is clear that the Blues see Stamford Bridge as the ideal place for him to develop as a player.

Thomas Tuchel and new owner Todd Boehly have seemingly prioritised the defence with the likes of Kalidou Koulibaly already joining the club and Marc Cucurella reportedly close to joining the club. [BBC]

Fofana would be a statement signing, adding youthful exuberance and a player with sky-high potential to an ageing backline.

In other Chelsea news, the club have inserted a buy-back clause in Levi Colwill’s proposed move to Brighton.