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Chelsea closing in on Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell

Chelsea are closing in on England left-back Ben Chilwell with Leicester City searching for a replacement, The Times reports.

The 23-year-old is now Chelsea’s priority after they landed Hakim Ziyech and have a deal in place for Timo Werner.

And it is reported that Leicester are becoming resigned to losing the homegrown talent.

Leicester have told Chelsea that they want a fee of around £75m, similar to what Manchester United paid for Harry Maguire a year ago.

Chilwell is under contract with the Foxes until 2024 and earns £65,000-a-week, a salary Chelsea would improve.

The Londoners must be wary of Manchester City, who also want Chilwell and could make a big money move for.

Chelsea will look to fund the deal by selling either Marcos Alonso or Emerson Palmieri.

Both Andreas Christensen and Kurt Zouma are also available, with Spurs and Everton keen on Zouma.

Brendan Rodgers is looking at Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand as a possible replacement for Chilwell.

The Leicester boss coached Bertrand, 30, during his time at Chelsea’s academy and on loan while in charge of Reading.

However, Southampton are likely to resist any bids for Bertrand, a player they value highly.

SourceThe Times

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