Leicester City have rejected a third offer from Chelsea for the defender Wesley Fofana.
The latest proposal is thought to have been conveyed this week but was turned down immediately by Leicester.
It is believed Chelsea’s offers have been highly conditional, so the total achievable price is not necessarily what Leicester would have realistically received.
It is thought Chelsea are currently unwilling to go higher than £70million including add-ons. If that is the case then Leicester, who are said to be seeking a fee in excess of the £80million they received from Manchester United for Harry Maguire in 2019, will need to decide whether to compromise.
Chelsea had previously made two offers for the French defender but both fell below Leicester’s valuation.
Fofana was left out of Leicester’s squad by Brendan Rodgers for the 2-1 defeat by Southampton on Saturday after he asked not to play. Fofana has played 37 Premier League matches since signing for Leicester from French side Saint-Etienne for £36.5million.