Enzo Maresca returns to Leicester for ‘perfect’ third Chelsea transfer with player keen to join

Chelsea have contacted Leicester to express an interest in signing Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall.

Enzo Maresca is keen to strengthen his squad after replacing Mauricio Pochettino earlier this month. Defender Tosin Adarabioyo became his first arrival in a free transfer from Fulham before a move for talented Brazilian winger Estevao Willian - who won't join until 2025 - was confirmed last week.

And now, Maresca is looking at adding a midfielder to his ranks this summer. According to The Athletic, the Blues have enquired about the prospect of luring Dewsbury-Hall away from Leicester. No formal offer has been made but the 25-year-old is understood to be only keen on a move to Chelsea if he leaves his boyhood club. Brentford and Brighton are among the others linked with the midfielder.

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Dewsbury-Hall still has three years left on his contract at the Foxes and is valued at around £40million. He scored 12 goals and added 14 assists in 44 appearances for Leicester last season as they secured an instant return to the Premier League. He was nominated for the Championship Player of the Season award for his efforts.

The Shepshed-born midfielder is regarded as a perfect fit for the style of football Chelsea want to play under new head coach Maresca. The duo worked together at Leicester last term. Dewsbury-Hall also impressed for the Foxes in the FA Cup quarter-final defeat at Stamford Bridge in March.

Speaking about his future earlier on Thursday, Dewsbury-Hall told the BBC: "I have been here since I was a kid. I love everything about the club. I grew up and managed to play in the first team. I am happy.

"I have never said I am actively wanting to leave. That sort of stuff is not up to me. You never know with football - the season is about to start, so we will see."