Leicester WILL listen to offers for defender Wesley Fofana – but Brendan Rodgers insists Chelsea’s first two bids have been ‘nowhere near’ their £80m valuation of the Frenchman
- Leicester will listen to transfer offers for defender Wesley Fofana this summer
- Chelsea have shown interest in the Frenchman but have had two bids rejected
- Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers claimed Blues were ‘nowhere near’ £80m valuation
- The 21-year-old signed a new five-year deal at the King Power Stadium in March
Brendan Rodgers has admitted that Leicester would consider bids for Wesley Fofana but warned Chelsea neither of their offers had come close to his true worth.
The Blues’ second offer for Fofana is thought to have been close to the £65million mark but Leicester are thought to value the 21-year-old in excess of £80m, which is the current world record fee for a defender.
Asked whether there had been a third bid for Fofana, Rodgers said: ‘Not that I am aware of. There were two (bids) but again nowhere near what the club would even think about. The point again to reiterate is we are not looking to sell Wesley, that’s the key point.
Leicester City will listen to transfer offers for defender Wesley Fofana this summer window
Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers claimed Chelsea’s bids have been ‘nowhere near’ £80m valuation
‘He’s not a player we are actively looking to move on but naturally if there is interest from other clubs then of course that is looked at by the club.
‘He’s a top young defender and there are not too many about at his age. He’s someone we’d love to keep here but we have to wait and see what develops.’
Rodgers has said repeatedly that Fofana’s best option would be to stay at Leicester.
The club accept privately that even though he signed a new five-year deal in March, there may struggle to hang on to him for more than one more season.
The 21-year-old signed a new five-year contract at the King Power Stadium in March 2022
Fofana, however, is believed to be keen to press ahead as soon as possible, though it is unclear whether Chelsea are prepared to meet Leicester’s asking price.
Rodgers added: ‘Another year here for him at least would be really important for his development, but he is quite calm and relaxed in the situation. He is aware of the interest.
‘He understands where we are as a club and where we see him. He’s just getting on with his work and training well, and whenever there is any communication we are able to have a conversation.’