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Chelsea will need to pay world-record fee for a defender to seal Ben Chilwell transfer

Leicester City's English defender Ben Chilwell celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the English Premier League football match between Watford and Leicester City at Vicarage Road Stadium

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Chelsea will have to make Ben Chilwell the world’s most expensive defender to sign him from Leicester City, according to the Mirror. Frank Lampard is determined to sign England left-back Chilwell.

However, Leicester have told Chelsea they value Chilwell, 23, even more highly than Harry Maguire. Maguire, 27, became the world’s most expensive defender last summer when he joined Manchester United for £80million from the Foxes.

Chelsea face having to top that fee to land Chilwell, who has 11 caps. He has been at Leicester since aged 12, is likely to be their next big sale.

Talks over his future are expected to step-up later this month ahead of the new Premier League season starting on September 12. Lampard currently has Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri at his disposal at left-back.

Source: The Mirror