He is only 21, but continues his meteoric rise in the world of football. After two years at Leicester, Wesley Fofana leaves the Foxes to join the ranks of Chelsea, still in the Premier League. The Blues have just made official the signing of the young French central defender this Wednesday, a few hours before the end of the transfer market.
Wesley Fofana is a Chelsea player who left Leicester City today and signed a seven-year contract with the Blues. One of the Premier League’s highest-rated young players arrives to bolster Thomas Tuchel’s defense for the 2022/23 season, following the arrivals of Kalidou Koulibaly and Marc Cucurella earlier this summer.says the press release of the London team.
Welcome, Wesley! 😁#Fofana is Chelsea
– Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 31, 2022
Fofana, soon the most expensive defender in history?
This is a madness performed by Chelsea. Todd Boehly’s new club spent € 82 million to attract the tricolor international Espoirs (5 appearances) to his goals. With the bonuses included in this operation, Wesley Fofana could become the most expensive defender in football history (between 90 and 95 M €), and thus dethrone Harry Maguire, also sold from Leicester to Manchester United in 2019 against 87 M €.
If the talent of the Marseillaise is no longer to be demonstrated, and that he has a considerable margin for progress, the check signed by the leadership of the Blues seems disproportionate and confirms that the money is flowing into the Kingdom of His Majesty. The player, coached at AS Saint-Étienne, who is expected to receive € 10 million thanks to the 20% capital gain negotiated when he left for Leicester in 2020 (€ 35 million), has only played 37 Premier League matches (52 in total with Volpi, for 1 goal and 1 offer).
However, the authoritative and mature performances of Wesley Fofana on the English lawns convinced Chelsea to win for him, while the Blues continue to strengthen an orphaned sector of Antonio Rüdiger and Andreas Christensen but already joined by Kalidou Koulibaly. Victim of a fibula fracture in August 2021, the Frenchman missed most of last season under Brendan Rodgers. His gradual return to competition will have been a winner. Fofana’s serious injury will only have delayed his incredible progress since he left Ligue 1.