Wesley Fofana and two other centre-backs Chelsea could sign amid Jules Koundé transfer blow

Chelsea have missed out on Sevilla star Jules Koundé, and here we look at three alternative centre-backs the Blues could move for.

Chelsea look set to miss out on Jules Koundé, but they have other options.

It was expected the Blues would close a deal for Koundé a year after they saw their initial bid for the defender rejected.

But Barcelona, like with Raphinha, hijacked the move amid a financial boost, and the Catalan giants are now set to complete a £46million move after agreeing a fee with Sevilla.

It’s a blow for Chelsea, who need another centre-back amid the departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.

The Blues have snapped up Kalidou Koulibaly, but they need another, and here we look at three potential alternatives:

Wesley Fofana


The latest reports claim Leicester centre-back Fofana could be of interest to Chelsea.

Fofana joined Leicester two years ago from AS Saint-Etienne for a fee worth just under £30million, and he has made 35 Premier League appearances since, missing much of last season through injury.

The centre-back impressed during his first season with the Foxes, though, and still only 21 years of age, he is an attractive prospect.

The big issue is that he is tied down until 2027, meaning the Foxes will likely demand a big fee, especially this close to the season when Leicester would be left short of a key starter.

Presnel Kimpembe


Another name being mentioned is Kimpembe.

The PSG centre-back has attracted plenty of interest this summer, though PSG are said to value him as highly as £55million.

Kimpembe played 30 of PSG’s 38 Ligue 1 games last season and impressed throughout the campaign.

PSG were said to be open to selling Kimpembe this summer, though The Sun reporting he could now be set to stay, deciding he does not want to leave this summer.

Pau Torres

A player everyone expected to move on this summer is Villarreal star Torres.


The left-sided centre-back was the subject of an offer from Tottenham last summer, which was accepted, but he decided to stay to play for his hometown club in the Champions League.

Spurs could yet turn to Torres

It proved a fine decision, with Torres helping Villarreal to reach the semi-finals for only the second time in their history.

Torres will be allowed to go for a reasonable price this summer as a reward for his efforts.

But Tottenham or Manchester United are yet to make a move.

Chelsea could step in to secure one of Spain’s starting centre-backs, and they could well get him for less than £50million.


Along with Koundé, Torres is one of the most highly-rated La Liga centre-backs.