Fofana not included in Leicester squad to face Chelsea as saga takes new twist

Chelsea target Wesley Fofana will play no part in Leicester's trip to Stamford Bridge this weekend following news that the 21-year-old has been left out of Brendan Rodgers' squad.

Thomas Tuchel's side are desperate to sign Fofana but with Leicester playing hard-ball, getting a deal over the line before the transfer window closes next week will be no easy task.

The Blues have had several bids for the defender turned down with Leicester holding out for a world record fee of over £80million, though with Fofana pushing for the move, there's optimism within Chelsea's camp that they'll get their man eventually.

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It'll be the second match in a row that Fofana will have missed, having been left out of the Leicester squad for last weekend's defeat to Southampton, with Rodgers insisting he didn't want to pick players who weren't in the right mindset.

Fofana is keen to join Chelsea and has urged his club to honour the agreement they made with him when he signed a contract extension in March, which was to let him leave should a substantial enough offer be tabled.

The Frenchman feels that the £70million that Chelsea have reportedly bid for him is more than fair, though Leicester insist that their agreement isn't valid until next summer.

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The Foxes have continually insisted that Fofana isn't for sale and would only be tempted to do business if they received a record fee, though Chelsea are desperate not to top the figure Manchester United paid for Harry Maguire to ensure Fofana avoids the pressure of being the world's most expensive defender.

However, Leicester's financial troubles could end up forcing them to the table with the club – who are the only Premier League side not to spend any money this summer – currently needing to sell in order to buy.

Chelsea meanwhile are still trying to secure a deal for Barcelona striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, while moves for Frenkie de Jong and Everton's Anthony Gordon remain hanging in the balance.


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