Newly signed Chelsea forward David Datro Fofana’s boyhood club, Abidjan City have reportdely written to world football governing body, FIFA to cancel his transfer to Stamford Bridge, Newspremises reports.
Fofona is among the three players who have sealed January moves to Chelsea, with Graham Potter desperate to bolstering his team in the second half of the season.
Fofana left Molde and signed a six-year contract with Chelsea through 2029 for an estimated £8–10 million, per BBC Sport.
The youthful player, who scored 24 goals in 65 games for Molde, could not contain his excitement when discussing his move to the Premier League.
“I’m very happy to sign for the club of my dreams,” he said.
Abidjan City wants Fofana’s transfer to Chelsea cancelled
However, his desire to wear the fabled blue shirt with Chelsea may be dashed because his former team, Abidjan City, is apparently eager to thwart the transfer.
According to the Daily Mail, the Ivory Coast-based team has already written to FIF to request that the transfer be canceled.
The club claims that Fofana’s initial transfer to Molde two years ago was not handled legally.
The argument is alleged to have started when Abidjan City and the forward’s mother disagreed over whether or not Fofana’s mother had signed a consent document for him because he was a child at the time.
“We, therefore, invite you to intervene with the Chelsea club so that the player’s transfer is suspended until the dispute between the Molde FK club and ourselves is settled,” Abidjan City’s letter signed by the club president Marco Taddei said in part.