OFFICIAL: Chelsea Announce Agreement To Sign Côte d’Ivoire International
Chelsea have agreed a deal to sign Côte d’Ivoire striker David Datro Fofana from the Norwegian side Molde.
The Blues confirmed the transfer in a statement released on their website on Wednesday night.
Fofana, a Côte d’Ivoire international who turned 20 last week, will head to Stamford Bridge in the new year.
Fofana will offer Chelsea a fresh attacking option following the news that Armando Broja will miss the rest of the season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
“Chelsea FC has reached a pre-agreement with MoldeFK for the transfer of David Datro Fofana. The 20-year-old striker will join the Blues on 1 January 2023. We look forward to welcoming David to the club,” a club statement read.
On a day of mixed news for Chelsea, Reece James faces up to a month out after a setback to the knee injury that kept him out of the World Cup.
The 23-year-old England international underwent an assessment on Wednesday after being forced off in the second half of Chelsea’s 2-0 win against Bournemouth on Tuesday, with scan results confirming he faces another spell on the sidelines.
James sustained his initial knee problem in October during a Champions League match against Milan, and as a result was not available for selection to Gareth Southgate’s England squad.
The full-back had earlier addressed the setback on social media, telling his Twitter followers “2022 has been the toughest year to date”.
Fofana began his career in the Ivory Coast with AFAD, and was scouted by French, Belgian and Norwegian clubs.
On 2 February 2021, he signed a professional contract with Molde on a free transfer, signing for 4 years.
He debuted with Molde in a 3–3 UEFA Europa League tie with Hoffenheim on 18 February 2021, scoring his side’s third goal in the 74th minute.
Fofana made his international debut with Côte d’Ivoire in a 2–0 CHAN 2020 loss to Niger on 22 September 2019.
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