The Blues are set to pay “more than” €10m (£8.7m) for the 19-year-old, who has been identified by the club’s new-look scouting department:
Exclusive: Chelsea are on the verge of signing David Datro Fofana, here we go soon! There’s full agreement in place with Molde to sign Ivorian striker born in 2002. 🚨🔵 #CFC
Personal terms are still being discussed with player — then deal will be signed for more than €10m fee. pic.twitter.com/LA6u4vZyPc
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) December 15, 2022
Considering Fofana is Ivorian, some supporters on Twitter are already drawing comparisons between him and club legend Didier Drogba:
WOW the recruitment team settling in quickly
— Nathan (@prideoflondon29) December 15, 2022
— Adam (@Adzy_02_) December 15, 2022
Brighton were looking to sign him so I’m not surprised
— Kobe (@asante_bern) December 15, 2022
— Fred Ford (@fmgf02) December 15, 2022
Well that was quick lmfao
— man’s just here innit (@CFCGauti_bagged) December 15, 2022
Unbelievable the work Boehly and co are doing!
— Achraf Abdellatif (@a_abdellatif22) December 15, 2022
— jason (@jasonfox191) December 15, 2022
Possibly coming to continue Didie Drogba’s legacy
— AKD (@AKDBrainy566671) December 15, 2022
Just under a month ago, Fofana was linked with a switch to Brighton, and it is unlikely to be a coincidence that the Blues have hijacked the move, considering the new Director of Global Talent and Transfers, Paul Winstanley, arrived from the Seagulls recently.
Under the ownership of Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital, Chelsea have been actively seeking out the best young talent in world football and the potential addition of Fofana is just the latest example of this new strategy. There are likely to be plenty of other similar deals in the coming months.