Manchester City have reportedly joined Chelsea in the race for the Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell’s signature, according to reports in England
Chelsea are long-term admirers of Chilwell and have named him the number one target to reinforce the left-back position when the transfer window reopens for business in the summer.
With Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri, both expected to leave Stamford Bridge in the coming months, Frank Lampard is eager to bring in the £80m-rated English defender.
But, it will be a daunting prospect for Chelsea to get the deal over the line, as Manchester City now look to spoil the Blues’ plans and take Chilwell to the Etihad, as per Sky Sports.
Pep Guardiola is keen to add another left-back to his squad to challenge the injury-prone Benjamin Mendy for a place in the starting eleven.
In fact, the former Monaco star has endured another injury-riddled season, forcing Guardiola to frequently deploy Oleksandr Zinchenko as his first-choice left-back.
However, Chilwell, who has been an omnipresent figure at the club over the past few years, is contracted to Leicester until 2024 and has never expressed any interest in leaving the King Power Stadium.
Furthermore, the fact that the 23-year-old’s contract lasts for four more years puts Leicester in a strong bargaining position, which means the Foxes will hardly be bullied or forced into selling their prized asset.
Brendan Rodgers’ men were on their way of securing the Champions League qualification before the coronavirus pandemic halted the Premier League campaign.
Indeed, Leicester sit third in the standings, eight points clear of fifth-placed Manchester United, as they prepare for their trip to Watford that should take place on June 20.