Chelsea intends to complete a £30 million transfer for Monaco defender Benoit Badiashile. The Blues are getting closer to completing a £30 million deal for Monaco defender Benoit Badiashile.
The Blues are looking for a new left-sided center-back after targeting Josko Gvardiol last summer and hoping to sign the Croatian international during the first half of the 2021-22 season.
However, Gvardiol is being pursued by a number of top clubs, and Chelsea are concerned that his stock will only rise following an impressive World Cup campaign.
Chelsea began looking for alternative targets as a result, with Badiashile, Evan N’Dika, and Piero Hincapie identified as potential January signings.
According to The Athletic, Chelsea has already begun talks with Monaco about a deal for Badiashile, who made his France debut earlier this year. Although there is no agreement between Chelsea and Monaco, Stamford Bridge officials are now expecting a £30 million deal for the Frenchman.
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Badiashile, 21, would be competitive and provide cover at Chelsea alongside Thiago Silva, Kalidou Koulibaly, Trevoh Chalobah, and Fofana.
The Monaco star played 135 times in Ligue 1 and twice for France, but he was not selected for the World Cup in Qatar.
Chelsea host Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on December 27 for their first competitive game in over six weeks. Graham Potter’s side dropped to eighth place before the World Cup break, eight points clear of the Champions League.