Chelsea eyeing move for £50m-rated Premier League defender

Brendan Rodgers has told scouts to find a replacement for Ben Chilwell as Leicester chiefs grow resigned he will complete a £50million transfer this summer.

Both Manchester City and Chelsea are planning moves for the England international, who has played eight times for his country.

Pep Guardiola’s City looked at Chilwell during the summer and are thought to be interested in renewing their interest given Benjamin Mendy’s troubles since arriving at the Etihad, while Frank Lampard sees him as a long-term solution at left-back for Chelsea.

Chelsea can’t make a move for the 22-year-old until next summer due to a transfer ban, while City are less likely to push for a deal in January but Leicester are still preparing for life beyond Chilwell, according to The Sun.

While their scouts created a list of potential recruits in the full-back role, one player who could be acquired in January is Bolton’s Ronan Darcy.

The 18-year-old attacker made a good impression on Leicester scouts and remains on their radar as they look to solidify their squad mid-season.

It’s been an amazing start to the campaign for the Foxes. They currently are in third place in the Premier League ahead of Sunday’s matches, although Chelsea and Arsenal could climb above them if they win over Bournemouth and Southampton.