Man Utd could stop Chelsea signing Ben Chilwell due to separate £80m transfer deal
Manchester United may have complicated Chelsea’s pursuit of Ben Chilwell without intention. The left-back has been identified as Chelsea’s top summer transfer market as Frank Lampard looks to put his own emphasis on the squad.
Full-back is an area that needs a revamp in the view of Lampard, who has not been able to rely on his defence this season.
Marcos Alonso has been effective going forward but his adventures up the line have seen Chelsea exposed.
His rival Emerson Palmieri has endured a mixed season due to injury while Cesar Azpilicueta has not been at his usual brilliant best.
Chilwell is seen as the perfect signing by Lampard and the England international wants to move to Stamford Bridge.
The problem is, Leicester are masters of negotiation.
That was proved last summer when they were determined to maximise their income once conceding that Harry Maguire would leave.
It was a game of cat and mouse between the Foxes and Manchester United, with Leicester refusing to budge on their £80million asking price.
The stance was so strong that United were forced to break the world-record fee for a defender, surpassing the £75m Liverpool paid for Virgil van Dijk in 2018.
It was a deal that eventually worked out for both parties.
Maguire has since become the captain of United and helped them close the gap on the rest of the top four.
Meanwhile Maguire’s replacement Caglar Soyuncu has been among the best defenders in the division this season, earning rave reviews.
Leicester have shown they are under no pressure to sell their best players.
Brendan Rodgers’ side look on course to secure Champions League football next season, something Chelsea are yet to secure.
It’s hardly the worst scenario for Chilwell, should the deal not materialise.
Leicester are refusing to set a price for the 23-year-old but they will again demand up to £80m.
Given that Roman Abramovich has already signed off up to £85m on the signings of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, it would be a surprise if Chelsea were willing to pay £80m for Chilwell.
The Blues are also looking at Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico, who would be available for £22.4m.
Leicester are in a strong position when it comes to keeping the likes of Chilwell, James Maddison and Wilfred Ndidi. They will not be pushed around.