Wesley Fofana completes move to Chelsea

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By Martin Graham | 1st Sep 2022

Wesley Fofana has signed a seven-year contract with Chelsea. The French defender arrives at Stamford Bridge for a reported initial fee of £70 million, plus £5 million in add-ons.

After much dilly-dallying, back and forth, Chelsea have finally made headway with their man. The Blues have succeeded in landing their target. Wesley Fofana is blue, and Thomas Tuchel should be a happy man.

With the transfer window winding to a close, most clubs want to avoid missing out on their target due to a mistake or oversight. Transfer activities are at a fever pitch, with the next opportunity to sign players coming in January.

Chelsea are having a torrid season, and the Blues are finding it an arduous task to keep out the goals. On Tuesday, the Blues blew a one-goal lead to lose to Southampton 2-1. Things have, however, started to take shape with Tuchel finally landing the defender he sought for a long time.

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Wesley Fofana joins Chelsea

Chelsea have already signed a couple of players this summer. Raheem Sterling, Marc Cucurella and Kalidou Koulibaly joined the Blues. The initial skirmishes in the Premier League highlighted the need for a proven scorer and a defender to beef up the squad. Wesley Fofana and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have been on the radar for the Blues.

The pursuit for Fofana has not been a straightforward affair as the Foxes played hardball. The Frenchman was keen on joining Chelsea and had already agreed on terms with the Stamford Bridge side. Leicester preferred to keep the young defender and pushed Chelsea to pay top dollar.

Fofana is now a Chelsea player after finalising the move to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. The Frenchman passed his medicals and signed a seven-year contract with the Blues.

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Who is Fofana?

Wesley Fofana is the latest player to join Chelsea FC. The young Frenchman found the overtures of the Stamford Bridge side too much to resist. He has now signed a seven-year deal with the Blues. Fofana will help to fortify an ageing defence with its spine over 30 years old.

He is one of the most highly-rated young players in the Premier League.

The 21-year-old joined the Foxes from St Etienne in 2020, and it has been two years of ups and downs at the King Power stadium for the French defender.

In his debut campaign in the Premier League, Fofana was voted the Foxes’ Young Player of the Year. He put up a yeoman’s performance in the FA Cup final against Chelsea in 2021. Leicester City beat Chelsea 1-0 to win the FA Cup for the first time.

What was said

Fofana claims to be excited to have joined Chelsea. He described the last two days as very trying ones and is eager to start playing for Chelsea. According to the youngster, it is a dream for him to have signed for Chelsea.

The 21-year-old defender said he is at Chelsea to win trophies. He wants to win the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup.

Boehly describes Fofana as a promising defender who has proven his quality in the Premier League at such a young age.

Martin Graham is an MFF sports writer

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