The west London club are reportedly keen on the Leicester City defender, who could cost over £80m this summer.
What is the latest news involving Fofana?
As per the MailOnline, Chelsea have agreed personal terms with Fofana ahead of his potential move to Stamford Bridge.
According to the newspaper, the 21-year-old is in line for a contract worth around £200,000 a week. In order for a transfer to materialise, though, the Blues may need to make him the most expensive defender in football.
The same MailOnline report states that Leicester value Fofana in excess of £80m – so higher than the £80m Manchester United paid for Harry Maguire back in 2019.
Fofana had a game to forget last time out, with his side conceding four goals against Arsenal at the Emirates, but that will not put off Chelsea, who have already made two unsuccessful bids for the Frenchman.
What has Jones said about Fofana to Chelsea?
Jones thinks it is crazy that Chelsea could end up paying more than £80m to sign Fofana.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, the transfer insider said: “It’s crazy, really. I mean, we are genuinely looking at here one of, if not the biggest, deal we’ve ever seen for a defender. That’s how significant this transfer is starting to look now. It’s mad that this is where it’s ended up.”
What are Thomas Tuchel’s plans for Fofana?
Kalidou Koulibaly has settled in nicely in that left centre-back position at Chelsea. In the heated 2-2 clash against Tottenham on Sunday, no defender in blue made more tackles than the Senegal international (via WhoScored).
As for Thiago Silva, who plays in the middle of Tuchel’s back three, he continues to perform despite turning 38 next month, winning Sky Sports’ Player of the Match award against Everton the game prior.
When you consider all of that, if Fofana does arrive at Stamford Bridge this summer, he will probably be used as a right centre-back. And at just 21, it is a position he could perhaps hold down in west London for years to come.
£80m plus is indeed a crazy amount of money to pay, but it is clear that Chelsea see Fofana as someone who can thrive in their defence both now and in the future, so there is some logic in going all out for his signature.