Date: 20th August 2022 at 11:04am
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Leicester City defender Wesley Fofana has asked to be left out of the Foxes’ game against Southampton this weekend amid on going speculation linking him with a move to Chelsea. 

As reported by The Guardian, the French defender has requested that he is not involved against Southampton on Saturday, with talks over a deal believed to be ongoing.

The report claims that The Foxes are holding out for more than £80 million for Fofana, who missed large parts of last season through injury.

The 21-year-old is regarded as one of the Premier League’s best young defenders and would likely be a part of Thomas Tuchel’s plans for a long time, but The Foxes are so far standing firm on their stance.

Fofana started against Arsenal last weekend

The report suggests that Fofana is keen on a move to Stamford Bridge, although his current side have already rejected two offers for the player.

If a deal is agreed, it is highly likely that Fofana would become the most expensive defender in history, with Leicester demanding an even higher figure that the one that they received for current record holder Harry Maguire when he joined Manchester United.

It is also suggested that, if Fofana does join Chelsea, Trevoh Chalobah would depart on loan.

The ex-Ipswich Town loanee enjoyed an impressive breakthrough season last year, but would struggle for game time ahead of the likes of Kalidou Koulibaly and Thiago Silva and, with Cesar Azpilicueta staying put, the club believe it would be best for Chalobah to be sent out on loan.

Fofana, who suffered a broken leg last year, has regained his starting spot in Brendan Rodgers’ line up since recovering from his set back and even signed a new five-year deal back in March this year, which makes Chelsea’s task of prising him away from Leicester more difficult.

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