Chelsea are reportedly ‘on the verge’ of completing a deal to sign Ben Chilwell from Leicester, with the move for the England international expected to cost ‘in excess of £50m’.
Frank Lampard’s impressive summer of recruitment is set to continue with the capture of Chilwell, with the west London side having long been linked with a move for the 23-year-old after identifying left-back as a priority position to strengthen this summer.
Leicester have been under no pressure to sell the star despite missing out on Champions League qualification on the final day of the season, though have now agreed terms over Chilwell’s sale with Sky Sports reporting a deal was ‘almost done’ after talks between the two clubs on Tuesday evening.
Chilwell is set to become Chelsea’s next major signing of the summer window after the confirmed captures of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, whilst the Blues also remain in talks to sign former Paris Saint-German defender Thiago Silva – who is expected to undergo a medical later this week – and Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz.
Chilwell’s arrival also likely to see Chelsea ramp up their efforts to move on unwanted members of Lampard’s first-team squad, with Emerson Palmieri likely to be deemed surplus to requirements following the signing of a new left-back, the Italy international having been linked with Inter Milan.
The arrival of England’s first-choice left-back will represent a welcome boost to a Chelsea side who struggled defensively last season despite securing a top four finish and reaching the FA Cup final, Lampard’s side conceding more goals than any other side in the Premier League’s top half.
Leicester – who are set to rake in another huge fee after the world-record sale of Harry Maguire to Manchester United last summer – will now look to swiftly replace the outgoing Chilwell, the Foxes having been linked with Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico and Fulham’s Joe Bryan.