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Chelsea send Wesley Fofana for US medical ahead of arrival from Leicester

Wesley Fofana will undergo a medical in the United States before completing his move from Leicester City to Chelsea.

Chelsea finally agreed a fee of around £70m ($82.3m) with Leicester for Fofana late last week but the deal is still not expected to be completed for a couple of days.

The Stamford Bridge hierarchy have opted to send Fofana to the US for his medical, and the 21-year-old flew out on Sunday after missing Leicester’s 2-1 defeat at Chelsea the previous day for personal reasons. The development was revealed in David Ornstein’s weekly column.

There are not expected to be any problems but Fofana has agreed a six-year deal and the club’s new owners are looking for additional peace of mind.

The defender broke his leg and injured ankle ligaments when caught by a horrible challenge in a pre-season friendly in August 2021, ruling him out for seven months.

Chelsea were bought out by a consortium led by Todd Boehly and investment firm Clearlake Capital in May. Boehly is guiding them through his first transfer window as interim sporting director after Marina Granovskaia’s exit.

Maxence Lacroix, Wolfsburg’s 22-year-old French youth international, has also been watched for a while.

Recruiting a new centre-back is Leicester’s top priority in the final few weeks of a difficult window.

Brendan Rodgers has seemingly given up on Caglar Soyuncu and Jannik Vestergaard but they are the only back-ups to the first-choice duo of Jonny Evans and Daniel Amartey. Wilfred Ndidi can cover in an emergency but, as last season proved, that is hardly ideal.

Leicester may like Manuel Akanji of Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen’s Edmond Tapsoba, but they would cost a sizeable chunk of the Fofana money.

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