Chelsea on verge of closing deal for Leicester’s Ben Chilwell – Athletic

As confirmed by a host of reliable sources this evening, Chelsea are expected to seal the signature of Leicester City star Ben Chilwell imminently.

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The last couple of months have of course seen rumours rampant in the press that Chelsea are keen on Chilwell’s services.

The capital giants have already reinforced their frontline with the respective additions of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, with Bayer Leverkusen sensation Kai Havertz also hotly tipped to link up with Frank Lampard’s squad.

As such, the widespread assumption is that the focus at Stamford Bridge will soon switch to adding new faces at the back.

Chelsea’s defence proved a major point of weakness this past season, with the Pensioners having conceded a hefty 54 Premier League goals, more than any of the English top-flight’s other top-10 sides.

The disappointing form of both Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri, meanwhile, saw Frank Lampard often forced into utilising Cesar Azpilicueta on the left of his back-4, making a swoop for a proven Premier League left-back (of Chilwell’s ilk) this summer a priority in the southwest of London.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 01: Callum Hudson-Odoi of Chelsea and Ben Chilwell of Leicester City during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Chelsea FC at The King Power Stadium on February 01, 2020 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Chilwell incoming

And, as outlined above, if the latest speculation stemming from the media this evening is to be believed, then Frank Lampard looks set to get his man.

As first reported by the Athletic’s David Ornstein, viewed as highly reliable when it comes to transfer news, the Blues are ‘close to an agreement’ with Leicester.

Chilwell is also said to have undergone a Chelsea medical, ahead of an imminent Stamford Bridge switch.

The deal is expected to set Roman Abramovich and co. back a fee of around £50 million.

Exclusive: Chelsea close to agreement with Leicester to sign England left-back Ben Chilwell. Deal now almost done. 23yo has undergone medical checks on heel injury in London (around 3 more weeks out), with #CFC kept informed on results @TheAthleticUK #LCFC https://t.co/t2XznKYCDb

— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) August 21, 2020

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