Chelsea has confirmed the signing of Leicester City defender Wesley Fofana on a seven-year contract.
The Blues have been heavily linked with the Frenchman for several weeks, despite the fact that his contract at the King Power Stadium does not expire until 2027. However, with Thomas Tuchel desperate to strengthen his defense, Chelsea’s co-owner and interim sporting director Todd Boehly is willing to support his head coach in the transfer market.
Although Leicester rejected several bids in the region of £60m and £70m for Fofana, it was widely assumed that the 21-year-old had his heart set on a move to Stamford Bridge. At a time when Fofana has been omitted from Brendan Rodgers’ first-team squad, reports emerged over the weekend that the parties involved had reached an agreement on a fee. With personal terms already agreed upon, a medical took place at the start of the week, allowing Chelsea to confirm the transfer on Wednesday afternoon. While no fee has been disclosed, The Telegraph’s John Percy reports that Leicester will receive £70 million plus add-ons.
Fofana told the club’s official website, “The last two days have been really big days for me, and I’m very happy.” I trained with the team this morning, which is a dream come true for me. I’m ecstatic to begin playing games for the fans and the club. “I’m here to win trophies, including the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup, and Carabao Cup. I came here to win, and the club is built to win trophies, so I’m here to keep that going.”