PSG has reportedly joined Chelsea in the pursuit of Leicester defender Wesley Fofana. The Blues have had two bids for the 21-year-old rejected, the most recent of which was for £70 million.
However, according to Le Parisien, PSG could derail Chelsea’s plans to sign the centre-back.
Chelsea have already lost a number of players this summer, including another center-back in Jules Kounde, who joined Barcelona from Sevilla.
As the Blues have found out, it could take a mammoth bid for the Ligue 1 champions to convince Leicester to sell their star defender.
Last week, Brendan Rodgers stated three times that the defender was not for sale.
The Leicester manager has met with the French U21 international in an attempt to persuade him to stay at the King Power Stadium.
The Foxes turned down a £60 million bid for Fofana before rejecting a £70 million bid on Friday.
Sportsmail previously reported that Leicester is concerned that a bid in excess of the £80 million paid by Manchester United for Harry Maguire would be too good to turn down.
To fund Rodgers’ spending plans, Leicester must sell players this summer, and their next set of accounts is expected to show a significant loss.
Their inability to sell fringe players has made them more vulnerable to approaches for star players, and the club has turned down two bids for attacking midfielder James Maddison, the second of around £40 million, while they are willing to sell Youri Tielemans, who is in the final year of his contract.
Newcastle have also inquired about winger Harvey Barnes, who is worth more than £60 million.
Chelsea’s current priority is to strengthen their defence after losing Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen this summer.
Kalidou Koulibaly was signed from Napoli, and Marc Cucurella was signed from Brighton just a few weeks ago.
At PSG, Fofana would have to compete with the likes of Presnel Kimpembe, Marquinhos, and Sergio Ramos for a starting position.
PSG want to sell Paredes
According to Le Parisien, Leandro Paredes is expected to be cut from the PSG squad this week, but his importance in the locker room complicates the process.
The arrival of Napoli midfielder Fabien Ruiz in Paris is expected to push the Argentine down the midfield pecking order and possibly out of the squad entirely, according to the paper, with Paredes possibly following in the footsteps of Julien Draxler, Layvin Kurzawa, Ander Herrera, and others who have been asked to train with the reserve side.
The 28-year-old has agreed personal terms with Juventus but PSG are looking for at least €20m to allow him to leave and, although the player is tempted by Juve with the World Cup on the horizon, finalising the deal and his removal from the group remains difficult.