Manchester United have started to contemplate a potential transfer for Chelsea’s transfer target, whose move is stalling due to his price.
Before the start of the summer window and until a few weeks back, Chelsea were looking like the clear favourites to land Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell. However, that equation seems to have drastically changed.
As per the Mirror, Chelsea are set to welcome their rivals from Old Trafford into the race. Manchester United’s entry into the reckoning for the 23-year-old English defender has meant that the Foxes have upped their valuation of their star defender by a notch.
Previously valued around 60 million pounds, the England international has now entered the same bracket as Harry Maguire, standing at 80 million pounds. While the valuation may not make sense considering the relative lack of experience Chilwell has under his belt, it is justified as he is a long-term prospect and a consistent player.
Ben Chilwell has been one of the main assets for the Foxes this season and it will be a bad move if the former Premier League champions were to let go of their brightest prospects. Since their victory in 2016, Leicester have made some monumental transfer blunders by letting the likes of N’Golo Kante, Harry Maguire, Riyad Mahrez and Danny Drinkwater, join other clubs very easily.
Harry Maguire and Ben Chilwell could have formed a defensive wall for Leicester if the 27-year-old wasn’t sold back then. However, the future of the English International remains under intense speculation and by the looks of it, Manchester United could be seen reuniting the two defenders from the King Power Stadium.
It seems Chelsea are not willing to meet the valuation of Leicester and are trying to go for a lesser price with Leicester not budging. The Blues have already identified Alex Telles as an alternative and continue to be in the hunt for Real Madrid’s young left-back in Sergio Reguilon.
Manchester United are in an odd situation now as they have been closely linked to Jadon Sancho, Ousmane Dembele, Kingsley Coman, and Ben Chilwell in recent weeks. In all totality, Sancho remains their prime target and are but the monetary terms continue to be an issue as far as the winger’s signing is concerned. This gives us no reason to believe that they will be willing to spend the same kind of money that they spent for Harry Maguire, for Ben Chilwell.
One can very well expect the current Ben Chilwell saga to take an unexpected turn as the 23-year-old is ready to leave the club. With two of English football’s finest clubs hovering over him, where do you think the die will be cast?