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Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers ‘can only spend THIRD of £70m Wesley Fofana sale’

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Brendan Rodgers ‘can only spend a THIRD of the £70million Leicester will receive from Chelsea for Wesley Fofana on transfers’… with £15million Reims defender Wout Faes the only arrival expected before the deadline

  • Chelsea confirm deal worth £70m plus add-ons for Wesley Fofana
  • The centre-back will be Leicester City’s third sale this summer
  • But Brendan Rodgers can only invest 33 percent of the return on investment
  • However, The Foxes strike a £15m deal for Reims defender Wout Faes

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers faces increased transfer frustration after he was reportedly told he can invest only a third of the £70m fee received from the sale of Wesley Fofana in his squad.

Chelsea will confirm a deal for French central defender Fofana on Wednesday worth £70 million plus add-ons on Wednesday after the 21-year-old completed his medical in New York.

Fofana will be the third sale at King Power stadium this summer and the Foxes have yet to recruit an outfield player with goalkeeper Alex Smithies the only arrival to date.

Wesley Fofana will be the third sale at King Power Stadium this summer

Brendan Rodgers (left) will reportedly be able to spend just a third of the £70m fee received for Wesley Fofana (right)

Chelsea on Wednesday confirm a deal for centre-back Fofana worth £70m plus add-ons

Chelsea on Wednesday confirm a deal for centre-back Fofana worth £70m plus add-ons

And The Telegraph report Rodgers will have to put up with more trouble after being told he will only get about 33 percent of the fee from the Fofana deal.

Financial fair play rules and a 25 per cent resale fee to Fofana’s former club Saint-Etienne reportedly mean Leicester is not expected to make any major purchases before 11pm on Thursday.

‘There have been discussions, but it certainly won’t be the entire fee’ [from Fofana’s sale]said Rodgers.

“I think there’s also part of that with Saint-Etienne, plus the situation the club is in. [But] there will be some resources to be able to do business.

A 25 percent resale fee to Fofana's former club Saint-Etienne also limits Leicester

A 25 percent resale fee to Fofana’s former club Saint-Etienne also limits Leicester

“This summer has been very unlucky for me. I may not benefit from this year, but in the future the club will, because the club is the most important.

“I trust the club when they say we can’t spend and bring in players, it’s clear for the greater good of Leicester City and the model, and its durability.”

Rodgers added: “I think I’ve said before that any environment to develop should be stable. Our stability is not there.

“That changes when the window closes. There are players who may have thought they were moving on, but they are not. We failed to bring in players to improve.

“And then there are players in the final years of their contract. We must collectively beat the drum.’

However, Leicester are expected to bring in an outfielder before the deadline, with the club signing a £15m deal for Reims defender Wout Faes.

The Belgium international was withdrawn from his side’s trip to Angers for Wednesday’s game in the French league after Reims accepted an offer from Leicester on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old has agreed to a five-year contract with King Power after making a contract 75 appearances for Reims since joining in 2020, previously playing for Heerenveen, Excelsior and Ostend.

Leicester is in talks with Reims about the transfer of 24-year-old defender Wout Faes

Leicester is in talks with Reims about the transfer of 24-year-old defender Wout Faes

Leicester had asked about Borussia Dortmund’s Manuel Akanji, but he wanted Champions League football and is going to Manchester City.

Brendan Rodgers’ side has also inquired about Nice centre-back Jean-Clair Todibo.

Craig Dawson of West Ham was also mentioned. The 32-year-old is also interested in Aston Villa, but is leaning towards a move to Wolves if manager David Moyes lets him go.

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