Wesley Fofana has asked Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers if he can be left out of their squad to face Southampton amid interest from Chelsea, according to reports.
Speaking on Thursday, Rodgers said that he would be prepared to omit Fofana from his starting XI if the Frenchman had been impacted by interest from fellow Premier League side Chelsea.
Rodgers told reporters in his press conference: “Yes, 100 per cent.
“If the players aren’t totally focused and committed to the club and being here, or for whatever reason just aren’t in the right mindset, that won’t help us.
“We have to ensure everyone is really focused in order for us to play the best game we can. I will always assess that after the sessions.”
The two offers Chelsea have made have fallen short of Leicester City’s asking price for the defender and The Athletic now claim Rodgers will leave Fofana ‘out of his matchday squad to face Southampton on Saturday after the defender asked not to be involved’.
‘A third bid is not thought to be imminent but Rodgers now seems set to drop Fofana from his squad for the Southampton match while his future at the club is up in the air.
‘The Athletic has previously reported that Fofana is keen on a switch to Stamford Bridge, but Leicester seem determined to keep him for another year at least and only sell him to Chelsea on their terms.
‘That would mean a world-record offer for a defender, who has five years left on the contract he only signed in March.’
As well as Fofana, Chelsea have been linked heavily with Barcelona duo Frenkie de Jong and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and former Premier League striker reckons they will be in the title race if they sign all three.
“If they get those three, they’re in the title race for sure,” Bent told talkSPORT. “They have to be… look at their squad after that.
“They’ll have solved the problem of getting a goalscorer. Aubameyang’s attitude has been questioned but when he got to Arsenal he got ten goals in his first 14 games. At Barcelona, he’s got 11 goals in 17 appearances.
“It just went a bit stale for him, maybe he didn’t start to suit the way Arteta wanted to play but he can score. That’s one thing you can’t take away from him, he can score goals and that’s what Chelsea need.
“If they get him, get Fofana into that back three and De Jong in then they have to be [title contenders].
“The options they have in midfield – Jorginho, De Jong, Mateo Kovacic, Conor Gallagher, Mason Mount and N’Golo Kante.
“I think if De Jong signs he plays but Jorginho has been important for Chelsea.
“I like Jorginho, some people aren’t sure about him but if you look at what he’s done in his career like helping Italy win the Euros. He’s a calming influence, always wants the ball, never shirks away from it, gets Chelsea playing.
“But De Jong can probably do the same if not a little bit better…”