CHELSEA could offer Leicester £45million PLUS Ruben Loftus-Cheek in a bid to complete a deal for Wesley Fofana, according to reports.
The Blues have been pushing to sign the sought-after defender over the past few weeks.
Personal terms are claimed to have already been agreed, but the two clubs have yet to strike a deal in terms of the transfer fee.
Leicester want at least £84m for their star man, but Chelsea are reluctant to meet that total.
Thomas Tuchel and Todd Boehly are now exploring alternative ways in which they can push the deal across the line, including a bid which would see Loftus-Cheek move to the King Power Stadium.
According to football journalist Nathan Gissing, Chelsea are hoping that an offer of £40-45m plus Loftus-Cheek will be considered by Leicester.
The Foxes are said to be interested in signing the midfielder this summer.
Brendan Rodgers may be forced to scout a replacement for James Maddison soon, with Newcastle pushing to sign him.
Meanwhile, Chelsea have also identified Brighton full-back Marc Cucurella as a potential alternative to Fofana.
The Spaniard handed in a transfer request last week in a bid to force a move to Manchester City.
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However, The Sky Blues gave up on the deal when Brighton made it clear that he would not be sold for less than £50m.
Chelsea are willing to offer young star Levi Colwill for Cucurella, along with a cash sum.