Leicester moving fast to sort Fofana replacement as talks enter final stages following personal agreement

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Wout Faes, Belgium, June 2022 Credit: PA Images
Wout Faes, Belgium, June 2022 Credit: PA Images

Leicester City have agreed personal terms with Wesley Fofana replacement Wout Faes, and talks are progressing regarding the transfer, per reports.

The Fofana saga has lasted for much of the summer window. Indeed, it has looked like the centre-back may head out the door for some time.

Chelsea have been the side with the longest lasting interest. Leicester set out their stall, with reports stating the Foxes valued him at £85million.

That fee did look to have made Chelsea think twice about the transfer. Indeed, the Blues had three bids rejected, and it seemed as if they might end their pursuit.

However, they went back in for the centre-back, and finally agreed a fee for him. Leicester will reportedly receive £70million before add-ons for the star.

As such, it seems they now need to sign a replacement in the centre-back position.

Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has issued two updates on the pursuit of a new defender. He stated that the Foxes had opened talks with Stade Reims for Faes – who was the subject of a rejected bid from Torino recently.

Now, Romano is reporting that Leicester are ‘confident’ of getting a deal done, and talks are progressing into the final stages.

Furthermore, personal terms are said to have already been agreed between Faes and Leicester.

The Foxes will be happy that things are running so smoothly, given the transfer window closes in just a couple of days.

Faes deal could benefit Leicester

The deal for Faes could benefit Leicester for a number of reasons. Firstly, filling the gap that Fofana leaves will be key, as having a consistent centre-back partnership is important.

Faes is an experienced player, having played 77 games for Reims in the past couple of seasons, following spells at a few different clubs.

The Foxes will no doubt be spending a lot less money on him than they will make from Fofana. That could help them to bring more talent to the club in the long run.

What’s more, his contract will reportedly run for five years, so Leicester should have him at the club for some time, which will be a massive bonus if he performs well.

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