Ben Chilwell is reportedly enticed by the prospect of joining Chelsea this summer, handing the Blues a major boost in his pursuit.
According to a report by Daily Mirror, Chelsea have been handed a major boost as they hope to sign Ben Chilwell in the summer transfer window. The 23-year-old English international is tempted by a possible Chelsea switch but is not pushing for a transfer just yet, with Leicester City keen on keeping him.
Chilwell’s career graph has been constantly upward in recent years, with the player establishing himself as one of the best full-backs in England. The 23-year-old has also become a mainstay at the back for his national side and has amassed over 100 appearances for the Foxes as well.
His progress and superb partnership with Ricardo Pereira has meant that some of the biggest clubs in the Premier League have started showing an interest in him over the last few months. Chief among the prospective suitors are Chelsea.
For the left-back slot, Frank Lampard currently has Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri at his disposal. Unfortunately for the Chelsea boss, neither of the two full-backs has managed to leave a lasting impression, with both of them struggling quite a bit defensively. As a result, Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has often been used as a left-back this season.
Alonso’s output in the final third could help him remain in Lampard’s plans, but Emerson looks set to be offloaded this summer. Chelsea are, therefore, understandably in the market for a left-back, with Chilwell believed to be their priority. In recent weeks, the Blues have stepped up their efforts to sign him too.
The Premier League heavyweights also have alternatives in the form of Alex Telles and Nicolas Tagliafico, but it looks like a move for Chilwell might be a possibility. Chelsea have been quite active in the transfer market already, with Timo Werner set to become their second summer arrival.
Reports have suggested that Roman Abramovich is eager to see Lampard strengthening his squad, with two “marquee” signings being targeted. These marquee names appear to be Werner and Chilwell, and it now looks like the latter’s capture could soon be completed by Chelsea as well.
The report claims that Chilwell is tempted by the prospect of joining Chelsea, providing a major boost to the Blues. However, the 23-year-old has not demanded a transfer from Leicester yet, though he has informed Brendan Rodgers of his wish. The Foxes are eager to keep hold of him.
Reports have claimed that Leicester have slapped an £85 million price tag on Chilwell, a valuation that might be the biggest hurdle in Chelsea’s way. But, the fact that the 23-year-old enticed by a potential move should hold them in good stead and it remains to be seen if the west Londoners can get a transfer over the line.