Chelsea’s uncertain situation at center back for next season has led us to the doors of Wesley Fofana, according to Foot Mercato and Actu Foot in France. The young Leicester City defender is currently recovering from a broken leg and will not be returning to action until the new year, but that hasn’t stopped other clubs from showing interest — and perhaps has even encouraged it, looking for a potential discount.
Fofana signed with the Foxes from AS Saint-Étienne in 2020 for €35m at just age 19, and earned rave reviews for his assured, confident, and mature performances in his debut season. He was named the club’s Young Player of the Year, making 38 appearances in all competitions.
Alongside Chelsea, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Newcastle United are supposedly also keeping tabs on the situation. The 20-year-old’s current contract is good through 2025, and it’s expected that Leicester would hold out for a fee similar to the €87m that United paid for Harry Maguire’s transfer in 2019.
Meanwhile, a more familiar name in the Chelsea rumor mill could be leaving it soon, after Bayern Munich have, at long last, reportedly made their “first offer” to extend Niklas Süle’s contract — including a small pay-rise, as per BILD.
Süle has been indispensable for new head coach Julian Nagelsmann this season, and the contract would be a reward for those improved performances and growing stature at the club. Bayern are supposedly confident that no one in the Premier League or Serie A will turn Süle’s head, and that he will sign the new deal, although a final decision is yet to be made.
Incidentally, if Süle does sign the extension, it might have a domino effect on Bayern’s expected pursuit of Antonio Rüdiger and their supposed willingness to give him the wages he’s looking for. Rüdiger is more keen on staying in England than moving back to Germany, though obviously he wants to get paid as well, with the two sides still about €3-4m apart on the annual wage numbers, according to Sport BILD (via Sport Witness).
Within the club, they don't believe that English clubs would pay Süle much more than what Bayern are offering. Therefore FCB bosses see good chances that the player will agree to a new deal. Süle is getting full support from Julian Nagelsmann and assistant Xaver Zembrod [Bild]— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) November 17, 2021
Update #Süle: New developments! Salihamidzic wants to extend his contract now. Nagelsmann wants to keep him. First talks have taken place. #FCBayern can imagine to pay him around €10m/y (Also according to BILD). NS can imagine to stay. Still no negotiations with #NUFC. @SPORT1— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) November 18, 2021