Chelsea have agreed personal terms with Leicester City defender Wesley Fofana, as the Blues continue to pester the Foxes for their 21-year-old.
What’s the word?
That is according to the latest report from the ever-reliable Fabrizio Romano, who took to his personal Twitter page to issue the update.
Romano stated: “Wesley Fofana has agreed personal terms with Chelsea, so the contract would be ready in case the two clubs find an agreement.
“Chelsea are preparing a new bid as they want Fofana as priority target. Leicester insist on their position. Tough one, but still open.”
A true Tuchel target
£51k-per-week Fofana not only represents great value as a defensive asset, but he is also entirely astute in possession and has the ability to initiate attacking transitions from deep with his range of long passing that sees him hit an average of 78.2% completion rate for an average of 10.78 long passes completed per 90.
In comparison, those numbers are similar to that of Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk, who is notorious for his ability to break the lines with his long passing ability. The Netherlands international averages 13.14 long passes completed at a completion rate of 78.4%.
Whilst his ability out of possession is of course elite, sharing a similar percentage of dribblers tackled metric of 70%, in relation to Van Dijk’s 72.2%, it’s his ability on the ball that makes him a perfect fit for Chelsea’s 3-4-2-1 system, and as a result, a true Thomas Tuchel target.
Fofana averages 67.77 passes completed, with 5.05 of these being passes into the final third. His average of 53.84 carries per 90 also represent great value in what is an outstanding number in comparison to positionally similar players in Europe’s top five leagues.
Having played in a back-three under Brendan Rodgers, Fofana will slot in at Chelsea seamlessly, if of course, a deal between the two clubs can be made.