According to reports, Chelsea and Molde forward David Datro Fofana have reached an agreement to exchange contracts in January. The Blues suffered a setback last weekend as Armando Broja suffered a significant knee injury during a friendly match with Aston Villa, delaying the start of competitive play.
Since then, the Premier League team has revealed that the Albanian international would miss the remainder of the campaign, leaving Kai Havertz and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as their two main options in attack.
Graham Potter and his hiring team were anticipated to consider their choices before to the start of 2023 after the club scored just 17 goals in 14 games played in the first flight, which contributed to the squad being eight points outside the top four.
The West Londoners, however, seem to have surprised their rivals by pushing for a player who has been doing business in Norway. Fabrizio Romano, a transfer analyst, predicts that Chelsea will sign Fofana in place of Broja.
According to Romano, Chelsea and Molde have already come to a complete deal, with the cost reportedly exceeding €10 million (£8.63 million).
Fofana on his way to Chelsea
There is every reason to believe that Fofana will transfer to Stamford Bridge at the beginning of January, notwithstanding the claim that personal terms have not yet been settled.
The Ivory Coast international has apparently established himself as a vital player for his Norwegian team, giving Chelsea an advantage over many other European clubs.
The 19-year-old has provided 24 goals and 10 assists from 65 games across all competitions since joining Molde in February 2021.
Although he scored twice during this season’s Europa Conference League group stages, his best performance has been at home, where he registered 15 goals and five assists in 24 appearances in the top division in 2022.
Fofana had previously been linked to moves to Liverpool, Brighton & Hove Albion, and Leicester City, with Brighton reportedly showing the greatest interest recently.
But it now appears like Chelsea will win the fight for the adaptable attacker, who might be in the running for matches against Manchester City and Nottingham Forest during the first eight days of 2023.
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