Manchester City target Wesley Fofana has told Leicester City that he wants to join Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea in the summer transfer window, according to 90min.
According to 90min, Chelsea had two bids for Fofana rejected by Leicester.
The Blues are willing to pay £70 million for the French defender, but Premier League rivals Leicester are demanding £80 million.
Manchester City will be disappointed by Fofana’s stance on a possible move to Chelsea.
That’s because the defending Premier League champions are said to be interested in signing the 21-year-old French central defender this summer.
According to L’Equipe, City and last season’s Ligue 1 winners PSG both are keen on signing Fofana.
Wesley Fofana is more likely to join Chelsea than Manchester City in the summer transfer window, in our opinion.
We saw with the Marc Cucurella situation that City will not pay too much for a player.
If Leicester demand £80 million for Fofana and Chelsea are determined to sign him, the Blues will almost certainly pay it.
Fofana has been on Leicester’s books since 2020 and has made 35 Premier League appearances in his career.
Pep Guardiola lengthy pauses in press conference give away his biggest Man City challenge
Is Manchester City’s squad large enough for this season?
Yes, according to Pep Guardiola’s press conference on Friday, as he stated that they have an academy and that he does not like working with large squads so that everyone feels involved and important. However, the manager admitted that they would need luck with injuries and, more curiously, that they could always do some business in the January transfer window if they cannot get who they want this summer.
Even more telling was Guardiola’s six-second pause, which he used to think about what he wanted to say about the squad when there is usually no need to do so. A similar pause followed when he was asked if City could afford to lose any more players without replacing them, given Bernardo Silva’s uncertain future.
As the silences reveal, the squad’s depth is a precarious situation just days before the season begins, with City missing at least one key player – the left-back who was supposed to replace Oleksandr Zinchenko. Top target Marc Cucurella has now joined Chelsea for a whopping £62 million fee that City were unwilling to pay, but while the transfer stance is admirable, the Blues appear to be short on bodies.
They currently have only 17 outfield players who have played at least one top-flight game, including Cole Palmer, who made his debut in October 2021. That is the fewest in Guardiola’s seven years at the club, and up to four fewer than they had between 2018 and 2020.
Guardiola prefers to work with small squads, and he has a track record of converting players into the difficult left-back position, but with the group he currently has, it is difficult to believe that anyone can be moved simply because they are needed elsewhere.
Playing Nathan Ake there, for example, would leave City with only two fit centre-backs for the first month of the season (and only three as and when Aymeric Laporte returns from injury). Except for Palmer’s incredible switch, it does not appear to be enough for a team that will expect to go all the way in every competition they enter.
That is not to say that City will not perform well and be favorites to win the Premier League again. They remain the team to beat, and if their new talent, including Erling Haaland, clicks into the system, opposition teams will be scared to try to stop them.
But it’s no coincidence that Guardiola won the most trophies in a single season at City when he had the most players available, allowing him to rotate enough to still have legs for those domestic cup games and not look short if and when injuries struck in the final months of the season.
In the remaining weeks of the transfer window, City intends to sign a left-back. If they don’t – and, as crazy as it sounds after signing Haaland, Julian Alvarez, and Kalvin Phillips at bargain prices – this year could be Guardiola’s toughest test at the Etihad to ensure there aren’t many more awkward silences ahead.