Leicester City full-back Ben Chilwell pushing for Chelsea transfer
Leicester City may reportedly be forced to lower their asking price for Ben Chilwell as the full-back is pushing for a move to Chelsea.
England international Chilwell is rumoured to be the Blues’ next priority target after all-but agreeing a deal for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner.
With Manchester City also rumoured to be interested, Leicester were said to be holding out for a record fee for the left-sided defender, having previously played hardball over Harry Maguire’s £80m move to Manchester United last summer
However, the Evening Standard claims that Chelsea have been handed a major boost as Chilwell is eager to join the Blues, which has given them some extra bargaining power.
It is suggested that Leicester may now instead accept a bid in the region of £50m for the 23-year-old, with replacements – including Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand – already being lined up.
Chelsea return to Premier League action on June 21 with a trip to Aston Villa, while City take on Watford at Vicarage Road a day before.
Chelsea to complete deal for RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner next week
Chelsea may reportedly be in a position to finalise a deal for RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner within the next few days.
Despite the Blues being willing to activate the player’s £54m release clause, it was claimed on Thursday that a medical may not be able to take place until the end of the month.
However, according to the Evening Standard, Chelsea are hopeful of overcoming any remaining obstacles as early as next week.
As well as government restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Premier League outfit may also want to respect that Leipzig are attempting to earn a place in next season’s Champions League.
That said, victories from their next two fixtures may be enough for qualification to be achieved by next Wednesday, when they host struggling Fortuna Dusseldorf.
Werner’s release clause allegedly expires on July 15, not June 15, in a development which could alert Manchester United.