Fulham send message to Tosin Adarabioyo ahead of Chelsea transfer

Tosin Adarabioyo is set to complete his move from Fulham to Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

Fulham have confirmed the departure of Tosin Adarabioyo ahead of his eagerly anticipated transfer to Premier League rivals Chelsea.

The 26-year-old centre-half is destined to become the first signing of Enzo Maresca’s reign at Stamford Bridge.

Adarabioyo has spent the last four years at Craven Cottage and made 132 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea’s west London rivals.

The likes of Newcastle and Liverpool also expressed an interest in signing the defender, but the Blues have won the race to sign him on a free.

Adarabioyo is set to undergo a medical today before he is officially confirmed as a Chelsea player.

‘The Club can confirm that Marek Rodak and Tosin will depart Fulham upon the expiry of their respective contracts at the end of this month,’ a statement on Fulham’s official website read.

In a message on X, Fulham added: ‘132 appearances across four seasons. Thank you, Tosin!’

Tosin Adarabioyo is set to become the first signing of Enzo Maresca’s Chelsea reign (Picture: Getty)

Chelsea have spent lavishly on central defenders over the course of the last two years but with limited success.

Kalidou Koulibaly was earmarked as Antonio Rudiger’s natural replacement but he lasted just one season before he was sold to the Saudi Pro League.

Wesley Fofana was unable to play a single game last season due to injury, while French youngsters Axel Disasi and Benoit Badiashile have shown only glimpses of potential.

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Trevoh Chalobah, meanwhile, appears destined for the exit door with his homegrown status meaning he will represent pure profit once his departure is confirmed.

Chelsea are expected to demand a fee in the region of £25million for the 24-year-old, who is understood to be interesting Manchester United.

Chelsea will now also seek to boost their summer warchest with the sales of more academy graduates such as Armando Broja and Ian Maatsen.

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