Chelsea complete £70m Fofana deal

Wesley Fofana


Wesley Fofana’s protracted transfer saga is over after he officially became a Chelsea player in a £70m deal.

Fofana has agreed a seven-year deal with the west London outfit with Thomas Tuchel finally landing his defensive target.

After completing his move, Fofana described his move to Stamford Bridge as a ‘dream’ and that he is raring to get going alongside his new team-mates.

He told the club’s official website, “The two last days have been really big days for me and I’m very happy. I trained this morning with the team and it’s a dream for me. I’m very excited to start playing games for the fans and the club.

“I’m here to win trophies – the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup, everything. I came here to win and the club is built to win trophies so I’m here to continue that.”

The centre-back’s future had been a source of contention for weeks after the Blues interest became clear in the former Leicester City star.

The 21-year-old’s switch to Stamford Bridge has taken some time to negotiate, with Leicester rejecting multiple offers in recent weeks.

However, the Foxes finally accepted a fee in the region of £70m last Friday with the deal completed on the penultimate day of the summer transfer window, which shuts on Thursday.

He could make his debut at the weekend when Chelsea host bitter rivals West Ham in the Premier League.

With his arrival, the France U-21 international becomes Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel’s sixth summer signing after Gabriel Slonina, Carney Chukwuemeka, Kalidou Koulibaly, Raheem Sterling and Marc Cucurella.

Chelsea chairman Todd Boehly was delighted to add more depth in defence for the club, saying, “Wesley is a hugely promising defender who has already proven his quality in the Premier League at a young age.

“We are delighted we were able to bring one of Europe’s most exciting talents to Chelsea and further strengthen that area of our squad, both for this season and many more to come.”