CHELSEA fans are convinced the club are closing in on a deal to sign Ben Chilwell after he was left out of the Leicester squad against Burnley.
The Blues have been linked with the England left-back after Frank Lampard was given the green light to splash the cash this January.
A new left-back has remained one of his highest priorities in the transfer market to fill a void at the back.
Leicester are reluctant to let Chilwell depart with the left-back emerging as a real talent and been a key figure in the Foxes' brilliant season.
But the Blues have been handed a glimmer of hope after Chilwell was left out of the team against Sean Dyche's side.
Chilwell had previously started 18 matches this season, becoming a key player under Brendan Rodgers.
When quizzed on his absence, Rodgers explained: "Ben’s (Chilwell) played an awful lot of games this season with international games and this week as well, he was unavailable for some training.”
Chelsea supporters think otherwise and believe Lampard is closing in on making his first major summer signing.
One said: "Is Ben Chilwell trying to force a move? #LCFC"
Another added: "Ben Chilwell have been sidelined from Leciester squad today… Neither is he injured or having personal issues. Stay tuned #CFC"
And a third bluntly said: "Chilwell’s leaving then."
He is under contract until 2024 and with Manchester City also keeping tabs on his situation the Foxes will be able to demand a huge fee for the England ace.
Chelsea are believed to be willing to part with £60million in order to land the England international.
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