St Etienne accept our offer for Fofana

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Westley Fofana transfer deal with Leicester
The young defender is set to sign up with the Premier League leader. This will be the biggest transfer in the club's history.


AS Saint-Étienne reached an agreement on Tuesday evening with Leicester, the current leader of the English Premier League, for the transfer of their defender Wesley Fofana. The amount of this transfer is the largest ever obtained by the club.



The decision to sell the player was taken collegially by the Management Board and the shareholders. ASSE accepted Leicester's exceptional offer, especially given the uncertain economic context caused by the health crisis. In addition, even if it presented, for the 2019-2020 financial year and for the tenth consecutive year, a positive financial result, the club sees for the moment its room for maneuver considerably reduced by the consequent commitments made in as part of his previous sports project, in 2018, 2019 and until the beginning of summer 2020.



Trained at the club and winner of the Gambardella Cup 2019, Wesley Fofana revealed himself last season, under the direction of Claude Puel. It is indeed with the General Manager of ASSE, appointed head of the Greens in October 2019, that he has made spectacular progress, thus establishing himself at the highest level. Last season, Wesley Fofana played 14 matches in Ligue 1 Uber Eats, 6 in the Coupe de France, including the final against PSG, 2 in the Coupe de la Ligue and 2 in the UEFA Europa League. At only 19 years old, he is now considered one of the greatest French talents of his generation.
 

TornadoShaunUK

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No doubt forked out a little more than we'd have liked but by all accounts he's viewed as one of the top French CBs of the next generation. IMO he's not just 'one for the future' either. Johnny Evans is getting on a bit and will probably take more of a backseat role like Fuchs and Morgan as Fofana gets up to speed. This is the main reason I think this deal is preferable to bringing in Tarkowski. Will also add some much needed height to our backline.

Really excited by this one.
 

sparky79

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Interesting that Arsenal went to St Etienne and didnt sign him but signed Saliba for £27m instead. Saliba who cant get in ahead of Tierney, Luiz and Holding...
 

sparky79

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So essentially. Ben Chilwell = Timothy Castagne + Wesley Fofana.
I'd say that represents good business given that Castagne has already proven he is at a higher level than Chilwell on his own. In that respect, Fofana could be treated as sort of a free hit.
 

TornadoShaunUK

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Interesting that Arsenal went to St Etienne and didnt sign him but signed Saliba for £27m instead. Saliba who cant get in ahead of Tierney, Luiz and Holding...

Both the same age. I think Fofana has only been in the first team regular since Saliba left in the last year. So he filled the void left by that transfer. Anyway we are are talking about Arsenal here who once boasted about nearly buying Mahrez and Kante....
 

City Fan

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**** tonne of money for a 19 year old kid with a handful of appearances. I hope we know what we’re doing.
 
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