Chelsea is close to agreeing a £ 50 million deal for England’s international Ben Chilwell to sign with Leicester City.

Boss Frank Lampard has long considered the 23-year-old his first-choice priority at left-back, a position that has been described as an issue since his reign began.

The Blues have been tracking Chilwell since before January but had doubts about the deal, with Leicester originally expecting to pay around £80 m-equivalent to the one Manchester United paid last year for Harry Maguire.

However, despite Chilwell’s willingness to join Lampard’s project at Chelsea and the financial effect of the coronavirus pandemic on clubs, as reported by Standard Sport in June, the Foxes dropped their asking price.

Leicester is thought to be willing to let one high-profile player go each season, as was the case in previous years with Riyad Mahrez and Maguire.

Chilwell will add to an already remarkable summer for Chelsea who, owing to a transfer ban, did not sign a player for the last two windows and instead struggled to secure those goals in January after the Uefa suspension had been shortened.

Forwards Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech have already been signed while the club is still looking for a contract for Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen.

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