22 Sep 2022 | 08:09 | Football
Chelsea have completed the signing of France Under-21 international midfielder Wesley Fofana from Leicester City, the two clubs announced on Wednesday. Fofana, 21, has signed a seven-year contract at Stamford Bridge, the London outfit said. The transfer fee was not disclosed but reports in the UK say Chelsea will pay Premier League rivals £70 million ($81.3 million) plus bonuses for the former Saint-Etienne player.
Chelsea chairman Todd Boehly said: “Wesley is an extremely promising defender who proved his quality in the Premier League at a young age.
“We are delighted to be able to bring one of Europe’s most exciting talents to Chelsea and further strengthen that area of our squad, both for this season and more in the future.”
Fofana is the latest player to be signed this transfer window to bolster Chelsea’s defence, following the arrival of Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli and Marc Cucurella from Brighton and Hove Albion.
Thomas Tuchel’s team also added England Raheem Sterling from Manchester City during the transfer window closing on Thursday.
“I trained this morning with the team and it’s been a dream for me. I’m excited to start playing games for the fans and the club,” Fofana said.
Fofana has made 52 appearances for Leicester after moving to the Foxes in October 2020 for a reported £32m from Saint-Etienne, winning the FA Cup in 2021 when they beat Chelsea.
He made his Saint-Etienne debut at the age of 18 and played alongside the current Arsenal and France centre-back William Saliba for Les Verts.
Fofana follows the keeper Kasper Schmeichel Upon leaving Leicester this summer, the Foxes have yet to make any new signings.
“He leaves with thanks from everyone at Leicester City and the Club’s best wishes for the next phase of his career,” Leicester said in a statement.
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