Chelsea deal for Wesley Fofana slammed by Graeme Souness | Football

Chelsea have spent big bucks to sign Wesley Fofana from Leicester City (Image: Getty)

Chelsea have spent big bucks to sign Wesley Fofana from Leicester City (Image: Getty)

Chelsea’s decision to sign Wesley Fofana from Leicester City drew criticism from Graeme Souness.

The 21-year-old centre-back, who is yet to win his first cap for France, has signed a seven-year contract at Stamford Bridge, the Blues confirmed on Wednesday.

Fofana, who initially cost £70million, joins Kalidou Koulibaly and Marc Cucurella as defensive reinforcements for boss Thomas Tuchel this summer.

Souness is unfazed by the club’s business and feels they are overspending on players with only “potential” and suggested Chelsea fans should be “concerned” that Fofana has had to go to America for a medical.

“We talked about Raheem Sterling but I still think they need a centre-forward,” Souness told TalkSPORT when asked about Chelsea’s four best chances this season.

“You signed it [left-back] Marc Cucurella. He may be a very good player, but I don’t see that as a priority. You have Ben Chilwell, Marcos Alonso.

“You have to prioritize where your real needs are, and they didn’t.”

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When asked about Tuchel’s decision to sign Fofana, Souness added: “It is [just] potential again. They talk about Manchester United spending €100m on Antony, that’s potential at 22. Fofana is a similar age.

‘It worries him a little [went] to America for a medical. Something was displayed.

“We are in this city [London] You’re telling me you’re not getting the best treatment?’

Fofana joined Leicester in 2020 for a transfer fee of £36.5million from Ligue 1’s Saint-Etienne and made 52 appearances for the Foxes in all competitions, which helped them win the 2020-21 FA Cup.

Leicester legend Gary Lineker thinks Chelsea are getting a top player, saying: “I’m disappointed to lose him but wish Wesley Fofana the best.

“Every player wants to play Champions League football so it’s understandable. Chelsea fans, you have the most amazingly talented young centre-back in the world. Yes, I think he’s that good.”

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