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Paris Saint-Germain ‘join Chelsea in the race to sign Leicester defender Wesley Fofana’

PSG ‘join Chelsea in the race to sign Leicester defender Wesley Fofana’ after the Foxes rejected a £70m offer from their Premier League rivals

  • Paris Saint-Germain could look to scupper Chelsea’s plans to sign Wesley Fofana 
  • Chelsea have previously had two bids rejected for the 21-year-old centre-back
  • Leicester could be tempted to sell their star defender with an offer around £85m

Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly joined Chelsea in the race to sign Leicester defender Wesley Fofana.

The Blues have had two bids rejected for the 21-year-old – the most recent of which was an offer for £70million.

French outlet Le Parisien though have reported that PSG could scupper Chelsea’s plans to sign the centre-back.

Chelsea could face competition to sign Leicester defender Wesley Fofana during the window

Paris Saint-Germain are considering a move for the 21-year-old Frenchman from Leicester

Paris Saint-Germain are considering a move for the 21-year-old Frenchman from Leicester

Chelsea have already missed out on a number of players this summer, including another centre-back in Jules Kounde, who opted to join Barcelona from Sevilla.

As the Blues have found out, it could take a mammoth bid for the Ligue 1 champions to convince Leicester to sell their star defender.

Brendan Rodgers insisted three times last week that the defender was not for sale.

The Leicester boss has held talks with the French U21 international, in an attempt to convince the player to stay at the King Power Stadium. 

The Foxes rejected an initial bid of £60m for Fofana, before they turned down a second proposal worth £70m on Friday.

Thomas Tuchel is keen to bring in another centre-back by the end of the transfer window

Thomas Tuchel is keen to bring in another centre-back by the end of the transfer window

Chelsea have already missed out on the signing of Jules Kounde who decided to join Barcelona

Chelsea have already missed out on the signing of Jules Kounde who decided to join Barcelona

Sportsmail previously reported that there are internal concerns at Leicester a bid in excess of the £80m Manchester United paid for Harry Maguire, would prove too good to turn down.  

Leicester need to sell players this summer to fund Rodgers’ spending plans, and their next set of accounts is set to show a significant loss.

Their struggle to shift fringe players has left them more vulnerable to approaches for star names and the club have turned down two bids – the second of about £40m – for attacking midfielder James Maddison, while they are willing to sell Youri Tielemans, who has entered the final 12 months of his contract. 

At PSG, Fofana would compete with the likes of Presnel Kimpembe (pictured) if he were to join

At PSG, Fofana would compete with the likes of Presnel Kimpembe (pictured) if he were to join

Newcastle have also enquired about winger Harvey Barnes, valued in excess of £60m.

Strengthening their defence is Chelsea’s current priority after losing Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen this summer.

The club signed Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli, and just last week brought in Marc Cucurella from Brighton.  

At PSG, Fofana would have to compete with the likes of Presnel Kimpembe, Marquinhos, and Sergio Ramos for a starting position.  

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