Benoit Badiashile to Chelsea: Graham Potter coy on £33m transfer for Monaco defender amid January vow

Standard Sport understands that the Blues have now agreed a £33m fee with Monaco for the France centre-back.who will undergo a medical examination this Monday after verbally agreeing to a six-and-a-half-year contract at Stamford Bridge until the summer of 2029.

Badiashile will become the third signing of the embryonic Chelsea January transfer window already, following deals for Molde striker David Datro Fofana, who watched Sunday’s 1-1 Premier League draw with Nottingham Forest from the stands at the City Ground, and youngster Vasco da Gama Andrey Santos, both seen as exciting talents for the future.

However, Badiashile is obviously a more immediate first-team signing and was not named in Monaco’s matchday squad for their Ligue 1 win over Brest at the Stade Louis II on New Year’s Day as they prepare to travel to the West London, as he has reportedly already bid. farewell to his companions in the principality.

Chelsea had been targeting a new left-sided defender as a priority this month with the likes of Wesley Fofana and Ben Chilwell injured and the evergreen Thiago Silva yet to agree an extension to his current contract which expires in the summer.

On the move: Chelsea are set to sign French defender Benoit Badiashile in a £33m transfer / fake images

A deal for Badiashile was able to close quickly, and Monaco apparently want to cash in on a player with only 18 months left on his contract.

Never speaking about other teams’ players before transfers were finalized, however, Potter was keen to clear up questions about the deal after watching Chelsea squander a half-time lead to struggling Forest as his side trailed. even more points on the way in a tough battle for Champions League qualification.

“Until someone has told me they have signed, it would be unfair of me to comment,” the Blues boss told Sky Sports. “Today I focused on the team.”

Badiashile’s arrival will take Chelsea’s spending under new ownership to over £300m already with a second transfer window under the Todd Boehly/Clearlake regime barely underway, with more intense scrutiny inevitable as January progresses. .

However, Potter insists that his squad will not be disturbed out the window as more players come and go and all sorts of speculation continues throughout the month.

“It’s part of the season that we all have to deal with, so I’m not complaining,” he said. “They are human beings and while the window is open there is noise and means 24 hours that have to be filled with something.

“The January window gives people a chance to talk about things, so it’s normal. It’s part of modern football and we have to deal with it.” .

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