Chelsea close to agreeing Chilwell deal

Major developments expected this week, a source close to the player tells Sky Sports News

Last Updated: 21/08/20 7:50pm

Ben Chilwell has been a long-term target of Frank Lampard

Ben Chilwell has been a long-term target of Frank Lampard

Ben Chilwell has been a long-term target of Frank Lampard

Chelsea are close to agreeing a deal with Leicester for left-back Ben Chilwell.

The England international has long been Frank Lampard’s first choice in the position and a source close to the player told Sky Sports News there would be major developments in talks this week.

Chelsea will be hoping to structure payments to bring down Leicester’s valuation. The Foxes want a fee comparable to the £80m they received last summer for Harry Maguire from Manchester United.

Chilwell is understood to be keen on the move and the opportunity for Champions League football with Chelsea.

Chelsea and Manchester United leapfrogged Leicester in the final games of the season to secure their places in Europe’s premier club competition in the new season.

It again shows the pulling power of Lampard, who has already recruited Hakim Ziyech from Ajax and Timo Werner from RB Leipzig.

Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz – one of Europe’s most sought-after prospects – is also expected to make the move to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea’s rebuilding is also likely to see a number of first-team players depart in this transfer window.

Left-back Emerson Palmieri could make room for Chilwell with Inter Milan reportedly interested in the Italian.

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