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Chelsea confirm Ben Chilwell signing after agreeing fee with Leicester for left back


Chelsea have confirmed the signing of England left back Ben Chilwell from Leicester City for a fee of about £55million.

The 23-year-old has signed a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge after being earmarked as Frank Lampard's number one defensive target several months ago.

"I'm delighted to be joining Chelsea at this very exciting time for the club," he said. "I'm looking forward to being part of this young, dynamic squad led by Frank Lampard as we challenge for honours next season.

"I can't wait to get started and hopefully it won't be long before we're playing in front of the Chelsea fans at Stamford Bridge."

Chilwell's arrival is just the latest piece of impressive business from the West London club in the window and cost less than initially projected.

Chelsea have already sealed the acquisition of Timo Werner from RB Leipzig for £47.5million and Hakim Ziyech from Ajax £37million.

Veteran centre back Thiago Silva has agreed to join as a free agent and they are set announce a deal for Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen for a club-record £90million, including add-ons.

Director Marina Granovskaia said: "We are confident Ben will adapt very quickly to being a Chelsea player and with the fixtures programme for 2020/21 especially busy, he is a fantastic addition to the squad needed to challenge for honours."

Chelsea struggled defensively throughout Lampard's first campaign as head coach, conceding 54 Premier League goals in addition to 16 in eight Champions League fixtures, and the club's record goalscorer questioned the mental strength of some players on more than once occasion.

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