Chelsea have agreed to sign striker David Datro Fofana from Molde on 1 January, with the Blues reportedly paying £10.5m (€12m) for the Ivory Coast international.
Fofana will become the first player to sign for Chelsea in the Graham Potter era when the January transfer window officially opens on Sunday. He signed a long-term contract at Stamford Bridge.
As a Chelsea fan growing up, Fofana has the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of his idol Didier Drogba, who won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three FA Cups and the Champions League in two spells with the club.
The 20-year-old, twice capped for the national team, was Molde’s best player with 15 goals last season, regaining the Norwegian Elite Series title.
A statement posted on Molde’s website said: “The Ivorian striker has caused havoc both in Norway and internationally. David Datro Fofana is now ready for new adventures in England and the Premier League.
“Molde Football Club thanks David Datro Fofan for his efforts and wishes him the best of luck at Chelsea!”
Chelsea needed reinforcements to attack after Armando Broja tore his anterior cruciate ligament in a friendly against Aston Villa this month. The injury is expected to keep the striker out of action until the end of the season.
Potter’s team triumphed in the Premier League when Kai Havertz and Mason Mount scored goals in Tuesday’s 2-0 win against Bournemouth, though they are still six points behind the top four.
Chelsea have reached a preliminary agreement with Molde for the signing of David Datro Fofana.
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