Chelsea are reportedly confident of acquiring Ben Chilwell this summer but face the issue of a large transfer fee.
Being an England international, Leicester City will charge nothing more than a premium amount for Chilwell, especially after a highly successful season.
The Foxes were third in the Premier League table, five points above Chelsea prior to the Coronavirus outbreak. Chilwell also has four more years left on his contract with Leicester, signing an extension only last year. Brendan Rodgers has furthered the left-back’s development at a faster rate, making him one of the most desirable Premier League players in his position.
Of course, Frank Lampard will have to address the left-back post ahead of the 2020/21 campaign. Emerson Palmieri and Marcos Alonso are no longer doing it for the Blues with both often benched by the 41-year-old. The two were signed by Antonio Conte, which naturally makes them better suited to the role of fullbacks, but not traditional defending left-backs.
Chilwell is and has become quite good at it. He is exciting going forward and dilligent at the back. The 23-year-old is currently the starter in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for valid reasons. And Leicester knows how to profit off of this situation. They already made a neat sum out of Harry Maguire’s record-breaking sale to Manchester United for a defender. They are likely to do the same with Chilwell.
Chelsea do have other options in FC Porto’s Alex Telles and Getafe’s Marc Cucurella but neither are Premier League-tested. Chilwell will also nicely fit into Lampard’s band of young English players at the Bridge.
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