December 2, 2022

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Breaking: From Leicester Metropolis, Chelsea full £70m Westley Fofana deal


Chelsea have signed French centre-back Wesley Fofana from Leicester Metropolis on a seven-year deal for £70m plus add-ons.

A France Underneath-21 worldwide, Fofana joined Leicester from French facet Saint-Etienne in 2020 and has since made 37 Premier League appearances.

He was restricted to simply seven league video games throughout the 2021-22 marketing campaign after breaking his leg in a pre-season pleasant in opposition to Villarreal.

“The 2 final days have been actually massive for me and I’m very pleased,” he mentioned.

“I educated this morning with the group and it’s a dream for me. I’m very excited to begin taking part in video games for the followers and the membership.

“I’m right here to win trophies – the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup, every part. I got here right here to win and the membership is constructed to win trophies so I’m right here to proceed that.”

Even with add-on funds, the deal for the 21-year-old doesn’t exceed the £80m that Manchester United paid Leicester for Harry Maguire in 2019 – nonetheless a world file for a defender.

He’s the third most costly Premier League defender behind Maguire and Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk, who joined the Reds for £75m in 2017.

Fofana’s preliminary charge makes him the twelfth most costly Premier League signing, however he’ll drop to thirteenth when Manchester United full the £81.3m signing of Antony.

The Fofana deal takes Premier League golf equipment’ file summer time switch window expenditure to virtually £1.7bn going into Thursday’s deadline day – and that’s set to rise even additional.

The earlier file for summer time spending had been the £1.43bn spent in 2017.

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Chelsea chairman Todd Boehly – who has spent virtually £250m in his first switch window since shopping for the membership from Roman Abramovich – mentioned: “Wesley is a vastly promising defender who has already confirmed his high quality within the Premier League at a younger age.

“We’re delighted we had been in a position to carry considered one of Europe’s most fun skills to Chelsea and additional strengthen that space of our squad, each for this season and plenty of extra to return.”

Fofana was a part of Brendan Rodgers’ beginning XI as Leicester gained the FA Cup for the primary time of their historical past by beating Chelsea within the 2021 ultimate.

“Gutted to lose him however want Wesley Fofana effectively,” former Leicester striker Gary Lineker posted on social media.

“Each participant desires to play Champions League soccer so it’s comprehensible.

“Chelsea followers, you’ve received probably the most prodigiously gifted younger central defender on the earth. Sure, I consider he’s that good.”

This summer time Chelsea have introduced in England ahead Raheem Sterling from Manchester Metropolis for £50m, Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli for £34m, English midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka from Aston Villa for £20m, Spain left-back Marc Cucurella from Brighton for £60m and Italian midfielder Cesare Casadei from Inter Milan.

Thomas Tuchel’s facet are eighth within the Premier League after Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat at Southampton, a second loss of their previous three video games.