Paper Talk: Chelsea frontrunners for £50m Leicester defender; Man City close in on centre-back

By | 11th October 2019

Chelsea are the new frontrunners to sign an in-form Leicester defender, while Manchester City are closing in on a new centre-back, according to Friday’s papers.



Chelsea have reportedly emerged as frontrunners for Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell.

The Blues have identified Chilwell as a key target for when they are given the green light to buy again, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

The report adds that they may even try and snap up the 22-year-old England star in January, if their FIFA transfer ban is lifted.

Frank Lampard’s men are currently halfway through the two-window ban they received for breaching FIFA rules on signing youth players, and are awaiting an appeal date from the Court of Arbitration for Sport after calling for their punishment to be overturned or reduced.

Man City have also previously shown an interest in Chilwell, who is tied to Leicester until 2024 after signing a new contract a year ago, but they are more focused on bringing in a new centre-back.

Chilwell is expected to start England’s latest Euro 2020 qualifier against the Czech Republic in Prague on Friday night.



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