Chelsea FC close to reaching £50m agreement for Ben Chilwell - report
Chelsea FC are close to reaching an agreement to sign Ben Chilwell in a cut-price deal from Leicester, according to a report
Chelsea FC are close to agreeing a cut-price £50m deal to sign Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell, according to a report in England.
Website Football Insider, as quoted by the Daily Express, is reporting that Leicester are set to reduce their initial asking price of £80m to £50m for Chilwell in the 2020 summer transfer window.
The same article states that the Foxes are prepared to accept a reduced package to bolster Frank Lampard’s hopes of improving his Blues defence ahead of his second full season in charge.
According to the same story, the England defender has asked Leicester to be allowed to leave the King Power Stadium this summer after the Foxes failed to qualify for the Champions League.
The report goes on to state that the west London side are still in talks with Leicester about securing Chilwell’s signature but the Blues are thought to be willing to accept a £50m fee.
The story adds that Chilwell is unlikely to get his preferred number three shirt if he completes a move to Stamford Bridge unless Lampard offloads Marcos Alonso this summer.
The Leicester full-back has scored three goals and has made three assists in 27 games in the Premier League this season to help Brendan Rodgers’ side finish in fifth spot in the table.
Chilwell has come through the ranks at Leicester before the England international went on to score four times in 104 games in all competitions over the past four seasons.
Chelsea FC finished in fourth place in the Premier League table last term to secure their place in next season’s Champions League.
The Blues will look to overturn a 3-0 deficit against Bayern Munich in the second leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie at the Allianz Arena on Saturday night.