Chelsea make first January transfer signing as David Datro Fofana joins for £10.5m from Molde as he undergoes medical | The Sun

CHELSEA have reportedly kicked off their January transfer business with the £10.5million signing of Molde forward David Datro Fofana.

The 20-year-old, who made his international debut for the Ivory Coast in 2019, is set to undergo a medical in London on Thursday.

He enjoyed a sensational 2022 with the Norwegian outfit, scoring 22 goals in 39 appearances.

Fofana was one of Molde's key players as they completed a league-cup double and has now been snatched by Graham Potter before the official start of the window.

Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has confirmed a deal has been reached between Chelsea and the player.

He tweeted: "David Datro Fofana to Chelsea, done deal and here we go!

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"There’s full agreement between all parties, deal sealed.

"Been told medical tests will take place today in London, on his birthday.

"Born in 2002, Ivorian striker will join Chelsea from Molde for €12m fee."

Chelsea spent more than £250m in the summer as the likes of Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, Wesley Fofana, Marc Cucurella, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Carney Chukwuemeka arrived at Stamford Bridge.

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Yet despite a blockbuster window, Thomas Tuchel was sacked just weeks later following a poor run of results.

Potter succeeded the German and began with a nine-match unbeaten run.

But four defeats in a row before the World Cup break piled pressure on the ex-Brighton head coach.

Chelsea resume their domestic campaign when they host Bournemouth in the Premier League on December 27.

That's followed by a trip to Nottingham Forest and a home game against champions Manchester City.

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