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"A bit scary" - Thomas Tuchel makes transfer admission claim amid £85 million interest in Wesley Fofana

Robert Calcutt

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"A bit scary" - Thomas Tuchel makes transfer admission claim amid £85 million interest in Wesley Fofana

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has made an admission on the current state of the transfer market amid their interest in Leicester City’s Wesley Fofana.

The Blues have been active in the summer window so far, welcoming five key signings to Stamford Bridge.

Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly and Marc Cucurella have all made the switch to west London, as well as youngsters Carney Chukwuemeka and Gabriel Slonina.

There are still a couple of weeks left in the window for Thomas Tuchel’s side, and their business in the market may not be over just yet.

Fofana has emerged as a key target for the World Champions after they missed out on the likes of Matthijs de Ligt and Jules Kounde.

Chelsea could be set to pay around £85 million for the Frenchman this summer, and Tuchel has raised his concerns over the huge fees that are now involved in the market.

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In his pre-match press conference for their upcoming game against Tottenham Hotspur via the Guardian, he said: “It’s a huge economical wheel and it’s become entertainment.

“This is a very, very popular sport. Unfortunately I have to say it is a bit scary that you get used to these numbers (for transfer fees). 

“They become normal numbers and that’s a bit scary because they are not normal numbers.

“At the moment there is a value for these kinds of purchases and transfers that the big clubs do, and we are a part of it and want to strengthen our squad. 

“Not everything is 100% reasonable in this.”

Reports early on Saturday revealed that Chelsea have agreed personal terms with Fofana ahead of a potential summer move.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel reacts following the Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool. (Alamy)
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel reacts following the Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool. (Alamy)

He could earn around £200,000-per-week should he sign for the Blues, a rise from what he earns at the Foxes.

Talks are still ongoing, but the Blues will most likely need to pay over £80 million for the centre-back.

Barcelona duo Frenkie de Jong and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are also believed to be targets for the Blues this summer.

Their boss Xavi has discussed their futures, saying: "The same thing happens with De Jong as with Auba, the market is still open. We don't know what's going to happen."

"I'm counting on him,” said the club legend regarding Aubameyang.

“Those I don't count on already know that they're not going to play. A lot of things can happen between now and August 31, but I'm delighted with Aubameyang."

Topics: Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea, Wesley Fofana, Leicester City, Premier League

Robert Calcutt
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