After what feels like weeks of offer after offer from Leicester City to try and convince AS Saint-Etienne to sell them Wesley Fofana, the Foxes appear to have emerged victorious.
That’s according to Le Progrès, who reveal on Tuesday afternoon the Ligue 1 side finally gave in to the latest offer of €35m + €5m from their Premier League counterparts.
This came after L’Equipe’s report on the bid on Tuesday morning suggested the club’s board could overrule Claude Puel, who made it very clear he didn’t want the 19-year-old sold.
They appear to have done just that, with Le Progrès calling it ‘the end of a soap opera’ after Leicester offered the €35m + €5m early this afternoon, making it their fourth bid.
It’s so advanced that ‘nothing, barring a few small details to sort out, is stopping the Marseille native to move to England’, and the move ‘should be made official tomorrow, on Wednesday’.
It appears Saint-Etienne were expecting to eventually cave in, turning their attention to Toulouse’s Bafodé Diakité and Olympiakos’ Pape Cissé as backup plans should Fofana leave.
He is about to, meaning those two names have now become priorities at the Ligue 1 club, and Le Progrès also suggest the club could also go after a forward.
This is where this tweet from Manu Lonjon comes in, claiming that Leicester have actually offered €40m + €5m for Fofana, and adds a Foxes player ‘could also move to the Forez…’
Islam Slimani anyone?