Chelsea have ended their interest in Ben Chilwell, according to reports in Spain. The Blues were put off making a move for the left-back after Leicester City demanded £85million for the defender, using Harry Maguire’s move to Manchester United as their reasoning.
Chelsea were heavily linked with a move to sign Chilwell in January.
After having their transfer ban lifted, they were expected to spend big.
But surprisingly, they failed to bring in any senior players.
Their interest in Chilwell was expected to carry over into the summer window, when they would have more time to thrash out a deal with the Foxes.
However, they have reportedly ended their interest in Chilwell and moved onto other targets, according to Spanish outlet SPORT.
The reason for their decision to end their interest is apparently due to Leicester demanding £85m for the defender.
Leicester’s reasoning behind the high asking price is the fact that they were able to get £85m out of Manchester United for Harry Maguire last season.
After a tough period of negotiations between Leicester and United, the Red Devils ended up forking out the asking price for Maguire.
And Chelsea apparently don’t want to get drawn into a negotiation battle, and therefore have simply withdrawn.
Chilwell is under contract until 2024, meaning Leicester have no need to sell unless they receive the fee they want.
The defender has shown no signs of wanting to leave the club, and is not expected to force through a move.
Now, Chelsea are apparently targeting Porto’s Alex Telles and Getafe’s Marc Cucurella.
The Blues are in for a busy summer, and will reportedly target Lyon striker Moussa Dembele.
The French striker has been on fire this season, having scored 16 goals in 27 Ligue 1 games.
Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho has also been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.
The 19-year-old winger is expected to leave the Bundesliga this summer, and Chelsea are said to be weighing up a mega-money bid.