Leicester defender Ben Chilwell linked with a shock move to Chelsea
Ben Chilwell has been linked with a move to Chelsea | Photo: Getty/ Plumb Images

Leicester defender Ben Chilwell linked with a shock move to Chelsea

The England full-back is reportedly of interest to Frank Lampard and the Blues.

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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is reportedly looking to reinforce his defensive options come the summer transfer window in 2020, with the signing of Ben Chilwell.

According to The Sun, the Blues' boss has made the Leicester City defender a priority signing for the club once their transfer ban is lifted next summer. 

Expensive Coup

However, Chilwell who recently signed a new long-term deal at the King Power Stadium, won’t come cheap, with Leicester demanding a fee in the excess of £70 million if they were to sell their star left-back in next summer which would make him one of the most expensive defenders In transfer history.

The young full-back has gained interest from the Top 4 in the Premier League such as Manchester City and Chelsea who have been impressed with his performances for Leicester over the past two years in left-back/wing-back role in the side.

His breakthrough season for the Foxes is arguably the 17/18 season where he made 24 appearances, assisted twice and kept 4 clean sheets in defence alongside Wes Morgan, Harry Maguire and Christian Fuchs as Leicester finished 9th in the table.

Chilwell had better season the following year making 36 appearances, four assists and 10 clean sheets in the league with Leicester also reaching the quarterfinals of both FA Cup and League Cup.

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According to the Daily Mail, If Leicester were to sell their him, it would give them a record intake for selling senior players having sold Riyad Mahrez and Harry Maguire for a combined £140 million to Manchester City and Manchester United. Moreover, the fee will help the foxes strengthen in other positions.

He made his England debut in September 2018, stepping up from the under-21s alongside club teammate Demarai Gray. Chilwell came on as a late sub, replacing Danny Rose, in a 1-0 win over Switzerland. The full-back made his first start for The Three Lions in the UEFA Nations League against Croatia.

The full-back is currently first-choice left-back at Leicester and could also be in-line to feature regularly for England.

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