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22-Aug-2020, 02:45 am

Chelsea close in on signing Chilwell from Leicester in £50m deal

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Chelsea are on the verge of signing left-back Ben Chilwell from Leicester in a £50 million ($65m) deal.

The 23-year-old is currently sidelined with a heel injury, but he has undergone medical checks on the issuein London as Chelsea continue to keepa close eye on his recovery.

Bringing in a new left-back has been a priority for head coach Frank Lampard, with Marcos Alonso struggling to convince in the role and Emerson Palmieri touted for a move away from Stamford Bridge.

Nicolas Tagliafico, Alex Telles and Marc Cucurella have also been linked with the Blues, but Chilwell has always been their top target, and a breakthrough in negotiations with Leicester now appears imminent.

With Chelsea now looking elsewhere, Tagliafico could be set for a move to the Bundesliga as he considers an offer from Germany.

The England international is expected to return to full fitness within the next three weeks, with Chelsea's first game of the new campaign set to take place on September 14 away at Brighton.

Chilwell has racked up 163 appearances across all competitions for Leicester over the past five years, scoring six goals, while also providing 16 assists.

His performances last term helped the Foxes fight for Champions League qualification, but Brendan Rodgers'sideultimately ended up finishing fifth after a poor run of form post-lockdown.

The 23-year-old has also established himself as a regular in Gareth Southgate's Three Lions squad over the past 12 months, and was in contention to appear at Euro2020before the tournament was pushed back a year amid the coronavirus crisis.

Should Chilwell's switch to Chelsea go through as expected, he will become the third major signing of Frank Lampard's reign at Stamford Bridge.

Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner have also arrived in west Londonfrom Ajax and RB Leipzig respectively, and the Blues are expected to continue splashing the cash in the coming weeks.

Chelsea are currently in talks with Bayer Leverkusen over a potential €80 million ($94m/£72m) deal for Germany midfielder Kai Havertz, but the Bundesliga outfitare holding out for an extra €20m(£18m/$24m).

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