Chelsea’s hopes of adding Ben Chilwell to their ranks will be challenged after it emerged Manchester City have also joined the race for the Leicester City left back.
Frank Lampard’s side have long been linked with a move for the Leicester City defender and looked shoo-in to get their man, but will not face competition from Premier League rivals City, who are also looking at a left back option following Benjamin Mendy’s persistent injuries.
Manchester City have joined Chelsea in the race to sign Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell, according to The Telegraph.
However, the Foxes are said to value Chilwell higher than they did Harry Maguire, who was sold to Manchester United for £80million last summer.
Leicester want around £85m for their academy product, although reports have suggested that Chelsea believe the coronavirus crisis will help lower his price-tag this summer.
The report goes on to suggest that while City are often reluctant to make record-breaking deals like their rivals, they would be willing to compete in the market for England star Chilwell.
Chelsea have already signed Hakim Ziyech from Ajax and have reportedly agreed a deal with RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner ahead of next season and were already looking at adding Chilwel to the mix.
The Mirror claimed earlier this week that Chilwell has not yet told Leicester that he wants to leave, with Brendan Rodgers’ side looking to seal a Champions League spot.
If Rodgers is able to secure a top-four finish this season – Leicester are currently third in the table, five points above Chelsea but four behind City – it may strengthen his hopes of keeping Chilwell for another season.