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LIVE! Leicester City To Sign Bertrand As Chelsea Or City Set To Capture Ben Chiwell

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The Foxes are making contingency plans earlier than expected bids from rival clubs for the england international left-back.

Leicester city are targeting Southampton full-back Ryan Bertrand as ben Chilwell continues to draw in interest from Chelsea and
Manchester city.

Indeed, Frank Lampard and pep Guardiola’s sides have created the england international one in all their top transfer targets for the summer.

That interest has seen the Foxes flip their attention to Bertrand, who came through Chelsea’s academy system before feat to join the Saints in 2015.

And Southampton is also forced to negotiate an exit within the summer, with Bertrand set to enter the final year of his contract.

Chilwell, meanwhile, will not move in January with Leicester keen to hold onto him for the remainder of the season in their efforts to secure a top-four end in the Premier League.

Brendan Rodgers’s side will attempt to earn a large fee for the left-back, not dissimilar to the £80 million ($104m) they received from Manchester United for centre-back Harry Maguire.

The left-back is progressively turning into England’s first alternative in his position ahead of euro 2020.

Lampard is keen to see that area of the pitch strong within the long-term with neither Marcos Alonso or Emerson Palmieri having made consistent displays this season.

The Blues are able to sell Alonso however they need asked for €35m (£30m/$39m) that has put off primary suitor inter, who are targeting cut-price deals in January.

Juventus have a long-standing interest in Emerson, meanwhile, with Maurizio Sarri in person being keen on a reunion together with his former player, however the Italy international remains keen to fight for his spot in west London.

Reece James will stay at Stamford Bridge for the long-term after signing a replacement £80,000-a-week contract to keep him at the club till 2025. He has progressively contend ahead of the 2 left-backs for Lampard, with Cesar Azpilicueta switch from the proper side to the left of the back four.

Meanwhile, Manchester city have long seen Chilwell as a primary target with Benjamin Mendy still battling to impress pep Guardiola.

Mendy’s seventeen appearances this season are his most since joining Man city in an exceedingly £52m move from Monaco

However, he has been inconsistent and is still however to convince his manager not to invest in his position within the summer.

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