Chelsea are preparing to launch a third offer to finally acquire the services of Wesley Fofana, according to The Telegraph.
The Blues have already had two bids rejected for Fofana with Leicester City aiming to hold out for a fee of around £80million.
Fofana’s future has dominated the headlines of late and he was left out of his side’s 2-1 defeat against Southampton amid interest from Stamford Bridge.
With just 11 days left before the transfer market shuts, time is of the essence for Chelsea, who will be keener than ever to reinforce their defence off the back of a 3-0 defeat against Leeds United yesterday.
Leicester are the only club in the Premier League yet to make an outfield signing and the sale of Fofana for a potential world-record fee for a defender would give them financial leeway to conduct some business.
Fofana is believed to have already agreed personal terms with Chelsea so it is now down to the two clubs to reach an agreement over a deal.
Chelsea take on Leicester in their next league outing on Saturday and Fofana could very well make his debut in blue against the team he would have only left a few days earlier.
The Blues are also pursuing a deal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Thomas Tuchel looks to bolster his options in attack.
Having gone head-to-head twice in the transfer market this summer, Chelsea and Barcelona could do business with each other in the final weeks of the window as Marcos Alonso and Aubameyang remain targets of either club.
Due to Barcelona’s inability to register Jules Kounde, the Catalans may be forced to part ways with their Gabonese striker with talks set to continue with Chelsea over Aubameyang’s future just seven months after he arrived at Camp Nou.
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