Chelsea’s plans to replace Antonio Rudiger have been revealed in a recent article from Fichajes. The reigning European champions are combing Europe for a successor for the German international, who is poised to leave Stamford Bridge for free during the summer transfer window.
Wesley Fofana is one of coach Thomas Tuchel’s two preferred alternatives. Despite his recurring injury problems this season, the Chelsea leadership holds the Leicester City centre-back in high respect. Jules Kounde is the other name on the list, however, the Blues will face heavy competition from FC Barcelona.
Fofana, a graduate of the Saint-Etienne youth system, first joined the Premier League in the summer of 2020, in a €35 million deal. Along with Loic Bade, the kid was considered as Ligue 1’s most promising defensive potential at the moment.
Over the course of his one-and-a-half-year stay in England, Leicester’s calculated gamble looks to have paid off handsomely, as the 21-year-old has established himself as one of the top young center-backs in the Premier League. With Leicester City, he has already made 38 competitive appearances, including helping them win the FA Cup last season while developing a solid connection with Caglar Soyuncu and Jonny Evans.
Fofana’s 2021/22 season has been blighted by a significant injury he sustained in the pre-season, which has coincided with Leicester’s defensive woes. Chelsea, on the other hand, is interested in signing a young centre-back who may be a long-term replacement for Rudiger.
As previously said, the German international is expected to leave Stamford Bridge this summer. Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are both interested in signing him due to his expiring contract, while Bayern Munich is also interested.
To that aim, Wesley Fofana may be an excellent Rudiger substitute. The Frenchman has already established his worth at the top level of football at the age of 21 and has a bright future ahead of him. However, given Leicester’s proximity to Chelsea, the youthful centre-back might command a high price in the summer.
The Foxes have apparently quoted a cost of €70 million in the past, which would put him on par with Kounde in terms of price. It remains to be seen if the current English champions would be willing to pay such a high cost for the central defender next summer.