Chelsea and Manchester City could go head to head with each other in the race to sign Leicester City defender, Ben Chilwell.
The England man has once again been a regular for the Foxes this term, and according to the Sun on Sunday, City and Chelsea could look to launch a £50m raid for the 22-year-old.
Chilwell racked up 43 appearances last season for Brendan Rodgers’ men, and despite not getting himself on the scoresheet, it appears his form has been good enough to attract admiring glances from both Pep Guardiola and Frank Lampard.
Chelsea are seemingly looking at young players as Frank Lampard continues to give youth a chance, with the likes of Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham both flourishing under Lampard’s guidance. Indeed, the left-back berth isn’t exactly strong at Stamford Bridge right now given the fact Emerson Palmieri has replaced Marcos Alonso of late and neither average as many passes per game (54.2 and 40.5 to 73.8) or as many through balls over the same period (0 and 0 to 0.2).
Those stats hint at a more attacking option and the fact he averages more clearances and tackles per game (all stats via WhoScored) could give the Blues a more balanced option.
City, meanwhile, are keen on bringing in a new left-back given the injury history of Benjamin Mendy, while Oleksandr Zinchenko remains a makeshift player in that position, despite making nine appearances already this season for the champions.
Chilwell has already been linked with a move away from Leicester this year, with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitting he was interested in signing the left-back when he was on loan at Huddersfield a few seasons ago.
Chilwell is one of the top left-backs in the country given his regular inclusion in the international set-up under Gareth Southgate and it’s easy to see why the likes of Chelsea and City want to sign him.
If the Blues do stump up the cash for him (the report mentions a £50m fee) they would certainly be strengthening their backline, which could be even more important when you factor in the report claims the aforementioned Alonso is considering his own future.
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