Chelsea are reportedly making real progress on a deal to sign Ben Chilwell from Leicester City.
The England international, 23, has been a long-term target for Frank Lampard as he looks to bolster his troubled defence ahead of the new season.
According to the Times, the Blues are now ‘closing in’ on the transfer after making a ‘breakthrough’ in negotiations over a potential fee.
It’s understood that Leicester originally wanted £80million for Chilwell.
The Foxes sold Harry Maguire to Manchester United for that price last summer and King Power chiefs were said to value Chilwell equally.
Chelsea were reluctant to spend that amount on the left-back.
Now though, it’s claimed recent talks have produced a step forward regarding this sticking point.
As thing stand, the current world record transfer fee for a left-back is the £68m Bayern Munich spent on Lucas Hernandez in 2019.
The deal for Chilwell, although less than £80m, could still break this record.
Leicester will be playing Europa League football next season after finishing fifth in the Premier League table, behind Chelsea in fourth.
Chilwell is understood to be keen on a move to west London to play in Europe’s elite competition.
He featured 33 times for Leicester in 2019/20 as they narrowly missed out on securing Champions League football.
Chilwell scored three goals, including a stunning strike against Watford, and registered the same amount of assists.