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Chelsea ‘close to agreeing £50million deal for Leicester City full-back Ben Chilwell’

Ben Chilwell is closing in on a move to Chelsea with Leicester expected to receive about £50million for the England left-back.

Blues boss Frank Lampard had long since made Chilwell, 23, his number one target in defence and is set to be granted his wish after he steered Chelsea into the Champions League – while Leicester missed out.

Chilwell’s departure would represent a huge profit for Leicester on a player they developed in their academy. 

Boss Brendan Rodgers said at the end of last season that Chilwell was not for sale yet privately, the Foxes had never ruled out allowing him to leave.

If the Chilwell move is completed, it would be the third high-profile signing of the summer for Chelsea following the captures of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech. 

His arrival may accelerate the departure of at least one of left-backs Emerson Palmieri and Marcos Alonso.

Chilwell had a mixed campaign with Leicester, with right-back Ricardo Pereira regularly outperforming him, yet he was still a key man when Rodgers’ men were carrying all before them in the autumn.

And his absence for the final five matches of the season due to a heel problem was one of the factors that cost Leicester a spot in the top four.

Chilwell had three years remaining on his deal at the King Power Stadium and has 11 England caps, meaning Leicester have been in a strong negotiating position.

Leicester have also proved themselves fierce negotiators in the past, extracting £80m from Manchester United for Harry Maguire last summer.

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