Manchester City and Chelsea are ‘set to compete’ for the signature of Leicester City defender and England international Ben Chilwell, reports iNews.
Leicester will strongly resist any efforts to sign the full-back in January, but a bidding war in the summer is likely. The minimum figure mooted to land Chilwell is £60m – a figure that would equal City’s record transfer fee dished out to land Riyad Mahrez in 2018, also signed from Leicester.
iNews adds that Leicester operate on a policy that permits one key player to leave each summer, in order to allow reinvestment in the squad and prevent disunity spreading.
Moreover, they claim that Pep Guardiola’s future could prove pivotal to a potential deal: Chilwell ‘wants to see if Guardiola remains in charge beyond the summer before making any decision on his future’, the source alleges.
Chilwell signed a new deal in October that tied him to the East Midlands side until 2024. He’s won eleven caps for England and has continued to impress this season with an over-performing Leicester team under Brendan Rodgers.
The left-back position has continued to plague City’s fortunes this season. Oleksandr Zinchenko has been side-lined and Benjamin Mendy has been guilty of some abject displays, most recently in the 3-2 defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
This news would suggest that Guardiola has thus earmarked the position as an important area to improve in the transfer window, as has former City player Frank Lampard for his Chelsea side.
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