Chelsea target Ben Chilwell is well worth his reported £50million price tag, according to Stuart Pearce.
The Leicester City and England left-back has been linked with a stunning move to the Premier League giants in January and many have been stunned by the rumoured fee.
Chilwell, who turns 22 this month, signed a new long-term contract with the Foxes just two months after after a remarkable start to the season.
The academy graduate has nailed down the left-back spot with his boyhood club and made his England debut last month, starting in all of England’s last four games as they qualified for the Nations League finals.
And his form this season has reportedly alerted Chelsea as well Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspurs and Manchester City, who are again without first-choice left-back Benjamin Mendy due to injury and are looking for alternatives.
But while many are baulking at the rumoured fee, former Man City player and manager Pearce believes Chilwell – previously linked with Liverpool and Manchester City – is worth every bit of £50m.
Speaking on Friday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said:
“That’s probably the going rate for an England international player, and it certainly is if Chelsea pick the phone up, you know you’re going to put £10m or £20m on to it anyway.
“I like the kid, I’ve seen him a couple of times this season and I’ve been very impressed by him, in an England shirt and a Leicester shirt.
“He’s of a great age, he’s 22 [this year] and you’re paying for the fact he could still have another ten years.
“He’s got great energy and can deal with the ball really well.
“I think he would be a good fit for Chelsea and I can see why there would be interest.”