Chelsea finally set to sign Leicester’s Ben Chilwell

Brendan Rodgers, Ben Chilwell, Leicester City (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Brendan Rodgers, Ben Chilwell, Leicester City (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images) /

After at least a year of persistent speculation about Ben Chilwell’s imminent departure from Leicester City, it appears he will now sign for Chelsea.

In all honesty, losing Ben Chilwell at this moment in time wouldn’t be ideal: the Premier League must be completed and Leicester City have nine tough, competitive fixtures remaining of 2019/20. Christian Fuchs or James Justin could obviously do a job at left-back for the Foxes.

Although, the senior England international is arguably the best of the bunch presently; Justin is naturally an attacking right-back. However, selling Chilwell at the end of the season or having a deal in place ready for that time may be Leicester’s best option regarding their prized asset. Why it is an opportune period to sell him is simple: compared to the 23-year-old’s incredibly high standards in 2018/19, this term has been extremely disappointing.

Some supporters and onlookers even went to the extreme of accusing Chilwell of wrapping himself in cotton wool in the last year, supposedly to prevent an injury which would then potentially scupper a move away from the East Midlands. Therefore, whether the previous notion be true or otherwise, allowing the player to go should now ensure the highest possible fee.

Leicester City set to lose Ben Chilwell

Leicester City’s track record in the transfer market over a six-year period has been second to none in the English top-flight – possibly the world. If Chilwell leaves, you can bet there’s a inexpensive replacement lined up who’ll improve on the current Fox’s success.

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The Athletic carried a story this week stating that Chilwell will be ‘one of two marquee signings at Chelsea this summer’. The Blues owner Roman Abramovich is said to be as “enthusiastic as ever”, as well as willing to splash large amounts of cash to secure targets.