Leicester have added Reims centre-back Wout Faes to their defensive ranks; the 24-year-old has agreed terms on a five-year contract and is the Foxes first outfield signing of the summer window; the deal comes a day after Wesley Fofana completed a move from Leicester to Chelsea
Leicester City have completed the signing of defender Wout Faes from Reims for a fee of £15m.
Faes, who was named Reims’ player of the season for 2021-22, will join Leicester as a replacement for Wesley Fofana, who moved to Chelsea this week.
The 24-year-old made his debut for Belgium in the Nations League in June this year.
Faes is Leicester’s second summer signing after they signed Alex Smithies as a backup goalkeeper on a free transfer.
“This is the dream step in my career and I’m very happy to be here,” said Faes, whose one senior Belgium cap came as a substitute in a Nations League win over Poland.
“I’m progressing year after year, and I hope to continue doing the same here. All the facilities and knowledge is here to help me to get even better.
“I will have to work hard, but I will give 100 per cent to help the team.”
The Foxes are now thought to be turning their attention to recruiting a right winger, with former Chelsea trainee Jeremie Boga their primary target.
Negotiations with Atalanta are ongoing over a possible loan or substantive move.
Chelsea have completed the signing of centre-back Wesley Fofana from Leicester in a deal worth up to £75m.