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Leicester City will demand a transfer fee of around £68m to let Wesley Fofana join either Manchester United or Chelsea this summer, in response to reports in France. Each clubs are said to be keen admirers of the 21-year-old, who missed a big chunk of the season just gone after picking up a serious injury just before the beginning of the campaign.

Fofana managed to work his way back into the Leicester side towards the top of the season and did enough to draw warm glances from United and Chelsea, who’re each understood to be keen on strengthening in defence before the beginning of the brand new campaign. Leicester are in no mood to sell on the low cost, though, and can only accept offers that fall slightly below the £70m mark, in response to RMC Sport.

It is claimed that each United and Chelsea could determine to firm up their interest in Fofana over the approaching weeks, with the Foxes centre-back having established himself as one in every of the Premier League’s finest young defenders over the previous couple of seasons. Nonetheless, it seems likely that each clubs might be forced to interrupt the bank with a purpose to snap him up in consequence of Leicester’s hardline stance on allowing him to go away the King Power Stadium before the transfer window slams shut.

United boss Erik ten Hag is considered keen on adding reinforcements on the back with a purpose to challenge the likes of Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane when the brand new season gets underway in early August. Chelsea have also identified the signing of a recent central defender as a top priority following the departure of Antonio Rudiger, who recently joined Real Madrid on a four-year deal after deciding against extending his previous contract at Stamford Bridge.

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The ball could be almost entirely in Leicester’s court on the subject of a move for Fofana, though, after the previous Saint-Etienne player signed a recent long-term deal together with his current employers back in March. It stays to be seen whether United or Chelsea might be willing to stump up the money with a purpose to land Fofana or if they may switch their focus to their other targets ahead of the brand new campaign.

Fofana would definitely represent a shrewd addition for each clubs after proving his value within the Premier League since joining Leicester for a fee of around £36m in the summertime of 2020. Jamie Redknapp recently insisted that Fofana is sweet enough to grow to be the most effective defenders on the planet over the subsequent few years by comparing him to the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Rio Ferdinand.

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“[He] picked up that horrendous injury initially of the season, you knew it might cost Leicester because he’s sensible in each boxes,” Redknapp told Sky Sports when quizzed on Fofana last month. “He attacks the ball, is a fantastic header of the ball.

“We spoke quite a bit about Leicester’s inadequacies from set-pieces and one in every of those reasons is because Fofana and Evans haven’t been playing fairly often. Fofana is one in every of those if you see a Rio Ferdinand coming through, a Virgil van Dijk, he’s in that quality.

“He’s a fantastic athlete, a fantastic footballer, he can play for any club he desires to in the long run. He’s an exceptional talent.”

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