Chelsea confirm deal to sign David Datro Fofana from Molde with Andrey Santos set to travel for medical this week


Chelsea have confirmed they have a deal in place to sign striker David Datro Fofana from Molde. The 20-year-old will join Graham Potter ’s side on 1 January after Chelsea struck a deal believed to be worth £10million with the Norwegian side. The Ivorian could have the opportunities to immediately force his way into the side with the Blues light on options through the middle.

Kai Havertz remains Potter’s preferred option, scoring and providing an assist against Bournemouth on Tuesday, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang still failing to impress since his summer arrival. With Armando Broja out for the rest of the season, Fofana could be thrust straight into the first-team picture.

His arrival is set to be followed by that of Brazilian youngster Andrey Santos. Chelsea agreed a £17.5million deal with Vasco da Gama last week with the midfielder set to leave his homeland on Thursday to undergo a medical in London, according to journalist Venê Casagrande. Chelsea hope to secure a work permit allowing Santos to join up with the squad immediately but could still send him back to Vasco da Gama until the summer.

The Blues could be among the busiest sides in the league in January having also opened talks with Monaco over the signing of defender Benoit Badiashile in a deal that could be worth around £35million. Badiashile is capable of playing in a back four or as either the central or left-sided centre-back in a back three, which is the formation Potter favours. According to The Times, the France international – who was not picked for the World Cup – is now Chelsea’s primary target for the winter window and negotiations are progressing.

Potter was asked about the possible arrival of Badiashile at his post-match press conference on Tuesday evening following Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Bournemouth, but played down the transfer talk.

‘My answer is I don’t speak about anyone that isn’t a Chelsea player,’ began the Chelsea head coach. There are lots of people who get linked to this club and I’d be wasting your time and mine if I responded to every one. ‘I always say the club’s responsibility is to try to improve the team but my job is to try to improve the players we have here, and the team. That’s what I’ll be focused on.’

Chelsea have also been offered Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix.

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