Chelsea are preparing to make an improved £70m offer for Wesley Fofana, after seeing an opening offer for the Leicester defender rejected.
Thomas Tuchel’s side are set to return with another test of Leicester’s determination to keep the centre-back, who the Foxes value at a world-record price above the £80million that took Harry Maguire from Leicester to Manchester United.
The Times reports that Fofana has been told by the Foxes that he is not for sale this summer, although a record offer could tempt Leicester to sell.
Brendan Rodgers’ side have failed to sign so far this summer and a huge fee would provide funds to bolster the squad in the latter stages of the window.
Fofana made just seven league appearances last season after breaking his leg in a pre-season friendly with Villarreal last summer. However, he was named Foxes Young Player of the Season after an impressive debut campaign in 2020/21.
Leicester have signed the 21-year-old in a deal worth up to £36.5million from Saint-Etienne, who are entitled to 20% of the profits on any sale. Chelsea had hoped to include Ruben Loftus-Cheek as a heavyweight in the deal, although the midfielder rejected the offer.
Chelsea have turned to Fofana after a number of failures as the west Londoners look to replace the late Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger. Kalidou Koulibaly arrived from Napoli in a £33m deal but moves from Matthijs de Ligt, Jules Kounde and Nathan Ake have all proved frustrating.
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