A Sky Sports journalist has given his verdict on how Leicester City won the race to sign coveted Saint-Etienne defender Wesley Fofana.
The French club confirmed this evening that they have agreed to sell the 19-year-old to the Foxes.
The deal is thought to be worth an initial £32million, but could rise to more than £36million with add-ons.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Kaveh Solhekol discussed AC Milan and West Ham United’s interest in Fofana, as well as the player’s immense potential, despite him having played just 14 league games for the French club.
Solhekol said: “Saint-Etienne have an incredible record when it comes to selling young centre-backs. They sold Kurt Zouma [to Chelsea], they sold William Saliba [to Arsenal] and now they’re selling Wesley Fofana.
“He’s a very good player and is supposed to be one of the best young centre-backs in Europe but he’s only played 14 league games for Saint-Etienne. He really has developed under Claude Puel, the former Leicester manager.
“What is interesting is that lots of other clubs were interested in him, including AC Milan and West Ham. The latter made an offer last week that in total came to £33m but we were told that the offer was always unlikely to succeed because of the payment terms West Ham were proposing. They were only going to offer €4m up front and they were going to pay the rest in instalments.
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“The offer Leicester have put together is much more attractive. There was a bit of reluctance on Puel’s part to lose Fofana, especially to a club he used to manage, but Leicester have increased their offer and got it to a place where Saint-Etienne are comfortable with.
“Fofana is a young centre-back who really can develop into something special. Sources at Saint-Etienne say he is going to become one of the stars of French football and now he’s going to do that at Leicester.”