€35m-rated Chelsea transfer target could sign new contract with club

Leicester City are looking to make Ben Chilwell one of their highest-paid footballers by offering him a new £100,000 per week contract in an attempt to ward off interest from the London club. England international has emerged as one of the best defenders in the Premier League over the past couple of campaigns.

Chilwell also started for Three Lions in their 6-0 win against Bulgaria on Monday night. Given his outstanding form, Ben has been earmarked as one of Frank Lampard’s top targets once Blues can buy footballers again following their UEFA transfer ban.

Reports last week claimed that the London club are leading the chase to sign the 22-year-old left-back ahead of Man United and are hopeful of launching an offer for him in winter if their appeal against a two-window ban is successful.

It was also reported earlier this month that the Foxes coach Brendan Rodgers had instructed the club’s scouting team to find him a new first-team left-back amid fears English defender could be sold for a big fee next summer.

However, Leicester City will not let Ben move on without a fight and are looking to tie him down to a new six-figure weekly salary, just under a year since he signed a six-year contract with the Foxes.

Leicester City held firm in their valuation of Harry Maguire over the summer, eventually selling the defender to Man United for £80m and they are believed to value Chilwell at nearly £50m following his strong start to the campaign.