Chelsea are close to signing Leicester defender Wesley Fofana for £70m, PA News Agency understands.

The club have been in protracted negotiations for a centre-half that has been a long-term target for the Blues.

Six days before the transfer window closed, negotiations were understood to have finally broken through.

Rodgers says Fofana is not in the right frame of mind to face Southampton (Fabrizio Corraditti/PA)

Fofana will train with Leicester’s Under-21s after Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers revealed he was not in the right mental state against Southampton last weekend.

The 21-year-old Frenchman has made 52 appearances for Leicester since joining from Saint-Etienne in October 2020.

Chelsea are also believed to be continuing to sign Everton winger Anthony Gordon and former Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

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