Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall to Chelsea transfer: 'Contact made', Enzo Maresca influence, PSR impact

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall could be in line for a reunion with Enzo Maresca after Chelsea reportedly made contact with Leicester City over a transfer for the midfielder.

The 25-year-old’s future is one of the big stories of the summer with City needing sales to comply with financial rules and with the homegrown midfielder their most profitable asset. The Athletic report that Chelsea have discussed a potential deal with City.

A bid has not yet been submitted but a big-money offer would be considered. Brighton held discussions with City over Dewsbury-Hall in January, and it was thought at the time that City wanted north of £30m for the academy graduate.

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The midfielder himself has said this week that he is happy at City, loves everything about the club and had not indicated he wanted to leave. He did also suggest that he does not have full control over his own future, and the Athletic indicate that a move to Chelsea would be the only one to convince him to leave the King Power Stadium.

“I have been here since I was a kid,” he told BBC Sport. “I love everything about the club. I grew up and managed to play in the first team. I am happy.

“I have never said I am actively wanting to leave. That sort of stuff is not up to me. You never know with football. The season is about to start, so we will see.”

Despite needing to strengthen their squad to improve their chances of Premier League survival, City will have to sell this summer. They are at risk of breaching the EFL’s Profit and Sustainability Rules (PSR) and to avoid doing so would need a sale before the end of Sunday, June 30, when the accounts for the year close.

But beyond that, sales are needed to fund transfer business and to avoid risks of further PSR breaches down the line. Thrashing out a deal with Chelsea before Monday would be difficult, but it wasn’t done, it would not mean the transfer won’t go ahead. Dewsbury-Hall’s future will be in doubt until the very end of the transfer window.

It’s unsurprising that he would want to link up with Maresca again. Dewsbury-Hall registered a combined 26 goals and assists under the Italian as City won the Championship last season, his most productive year by far.

The midfielder is one of the City players who has praised Maresca’s tactical intelligence, and said the squad felt “stupid” when he first arrived such was the insight he was passing on. Even this week, he has praised Chelsea’s new boss.

He told BBC Sport: “Enzo was an unbelievable manager. I genuinely see him becoming a top manager, so it wasn’t a surprise to see he was in demand.”

Dewsbury-Hall also said he was “positive” about the appointment of Steve Cooper. The pair had a chance meeting at Seagrave last week when the Welshman was first named City’s new boss.

But Cooper may not get a chance to work with Dewsbury-Hall. If he completed the move to Stamford Bridge, he would be the fifth City player in nine summers to make the switch, following in the footsteps of N'Golo Kante, Danny Drinkwater, Ben Chilwell, and Wesley Fofana.

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