David Datro Fofana, a wonderkid from Molde, has been signed by Chelsea F.C. for £8 million, completing their first January signing.
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The Premier League team is expected to spend about £8 million on the Ivorian striker, according to reports.
Additionally, football journalist Fabrizio Romano asserted that the transaction is finalized and would take place in London on Thursday, the day before Fofana turns 20.
He tweeted: ‘David Datro Fofana to Chelsea, done deal and here we go! There’s full agreement between all parties, deal sealed #CFC.
His birthday is today, and according a source he will undergo medical testing in London. The Ivorian attacker, born in 2002, is leaving Molde for Chelsea.
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For the Norwegian team in the 2022 season, which ended in November, Fofana scored 22 goals in 39 games across all competitions as they won both the league and cup.
Fofana is a center forward who prefers to play as the number nine.
If necessary, the young right-footed player can also play as a left or right winger in a front-three. He has played 65 times for Molde so far, the same team where Erling Haaland made his debut before moving on to Red Bull Salzburg, and has recorded 24 goals and 10 assists.
He excels at maintaining possession of the ball and allowing his teammates to advance while doing so, which should help him handle the demands of Premier League play.
Since he wants to improve a certain aspect of his game, Fofana, who is very ambitious, watches the top players.
“When it comes to dribbling, I look at Ronaldinho and the old Ronaldo,” he has revealed. “When it comes to scoring, it’s Cristiano Ronaldo – his headers, how he positions himself in the box.
“When it comes to changes in direction, it’s Lionel Messi – how he plays his moves. When it comes to using physicality, it’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic. I watch how he holds off defenders with his body.”
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Once finalized, the transfer for Fofana, whose lone cap was earned in 2019, set to be Chelsea’s opening signing of the January transfer window.
The contracts for Carney Chukwuemeka from Aston Villa, Cesare Casadei from Inter Milan, Gabriel Slonina from Chicago Fire, and Omari Hutchinson from Arsenal were finalized by Blues manager Graham Potter, who appears ready to add young players.
Despite interest from Newcastle and Manchester City, Chelsea are also close to signing 18-year-old Brazilian sensation Andrey Santos from Vasco da Gama.
Just six months ago, Fofana admitted that Chelsea is his dream club as he nears a move to Stamford Bridge.
When questioned about his favorite Premier League team, he responded: ‘Chelsea. I don’t know why, but I want to play for Chelsea.