Chelsea have marked French defender Wesley Fofana from Leicester City on a seven-year bargain for £70m in addition to additional add ons
A France Under-21 worldwide, Fofana joined Leicester from French side Saint-Etienne in 2020 and has since shown up.
He was limited to only seven association games during the 2021-22 mission in the wake of breaking his leg in a pre-season cordial against Villarreal.
“The two last days have been huge for myself and I’m extremely cheerful,” he said.
“I prepared toward the beginning of today with the group and it’s a fantasy for me. I’m extremely eager to begin messing around for the fans and the club.
“I’m here to win prizes – the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup, everything. I came here to win and the club is worked to win prizes so I’m here to proceed with that.”
Indeed, even with add-on installments, the arrangement for the 21-year-old doesn’t surpass the £80m that Manchester United paid Leicester for Harry Maguire in 2019 – still a world record for a protector.
Chelsea executive Todd Boehly said: “Wesley is a gigantically promising protector who has previously demonstrated his quality in the Premier League early in life. We are really glad we had the option to bring one of Europe’s most intriguing gifts to Chelsea and further reinforce that region of our crew, both for this season and a lot more to come.”
Fofana was essential for Brendan Rodgers’ beginning XI as Leicester won the FA Cup without precedent for their set of experiences by beating Chelsea in the 2021 last.
“Destroyed to lose him however hope everything turns out great for Wesley Fofana,” previous Leicester striker Gary Lineker posted via virtual entertainment.
“Each player needs to play Champions League football so it’s justifiable.
“Chelsea fans, you have the most monstrously capable youthful focal protector on the planet. Indeed, I trust he’s simply mind-blowing.”
This late spring Chelsea have presented in England Raheem Sterling from Manchester City for £50m, Senegal protector Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli for £34m, English midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka from Aston Villa for £20m, Spain left-back Marc Cucurella from Brighton for £60m and Italian midfielder Cesare Casadei from Inter Milan.
Thomas Tuchel’s side are eighth in the Premier League after Tuesday’s 2-1 loss at Southampton, a second misfortune in their beyond three games.