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Chelsea transfer for Ben Chilwell edges closer as Leicester enquire about Olympiakos’ £12m left-back Kostas Tsimikas

CHELSEA have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell, according to reports.

The Blues have long been linked with a move for the 23-year-old England international but the Foxes have so far appeared unwilling to do business.

However, Leicester may now have shown their hand in negotiations as they have enquired about Olympiakos full-back Kostas Tsimikas.

The Greek international impressed against Wolves in the Europa League on Thursday night and has reportedly attracted interest from Chelsea and Everton in the past few weeks.

Tsimikas is valued at around £12million by his club and the Daily Mail say Premier League champions Liverpool are also interested.

The Reds had a £10million bid rejected for Norwich defender Jamal Lewis this week as they seek cover for first-choice left-back Andy Roberston.

With the Canaries looking for a fee closer to £20million, Tsimikas may present Liverpool with a cheaper option.

However the 24-year-old may see Leicester as a better option for first-team football.

The Foxes will also have 34-year-old Christian Fuchs to call upon next season should Chilwell depart the Kingpower.

Tsimikas registered seven assists in 46 appearances in all competitions in 2019-20.

Olympiakos have lined up Saint-Etienne full-back Miguel Trauco as Tsimikas’ replacement.

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