Leicester City have already brought in two players this summer, but neither have captured the imagination of their fans. The impending signing of Nice midfielder Nampalys Mendy could be one of the signings of the summer, as the club will be hoping he makes a similar impact to 2016 Premier League Team of the Year star N’Golo Kante.
Mendy will cost around £13million, which will make him the most expensive player in the club’s history – showing that the club are willing to spend big. It would then be expected that their transfer record will be beaten again before the conclusion of the window, especially if they continue chasing Watford striker Troy Deeney.
The Leicester Mercury report that there is still work to be done with the Mendy transfer, but the club are keen to wrap the deal up before pre-season begins. There has been more hope recently that the club can keep N’Golo Kanté and the report states that Mendy isn’t necessarily seen as a direct replacement for the Frenchman. He will add steel to the midfield and fits in perfectly with Leicester’s tireless hard-working ethos, which made them so difficult to beat last season.
A midfield that includes both Mendy and Kanté will be full of running and could be very effective against superior opposition. The main worry will be that there is a lack of creativity and they would be relying on the wingers to produce. Mendy is a much better passer than Kanté and will bring style to the midfield, but he isn’t necessarily a huge creator.
Furthermore, after an excellent European Championships, it is expected that Robbie Brady is going to find a move back to the Premier League. The Mirror are reporting that Leicester are ready to bid for the Irishman. The report states that they are ready to make a £7million move for the Norwich winger, but the relegated club may ask for a higher fee, especially after seeing Brady do excellently in France.
Leicester have shown that they provide a perfect environment for players to reach the next level, with Marc Albrighton being an example of that. Robbie Brady may not be the most exciting transfer link, considering he has been relegated in successive years, but he showed his ability over the summer and could be a good squad signing for Claudio Ranieri.
It looks like the club are looking to add depth across the pitch, and will want more options on the wing, to provide cover for Marc Albrighton and Riyad Mahrez. Brady could be a smart signing, for a relatively low fee. He showed that he can cause the very best problems, doing well against Italy and France, and would relish the chance of being a part of Leicester’s Champions League journey. He is hard-working, good defensively and has a quality delivery. At the age of 24, he has a lot of room to develop further and is versatile, capable of providing cover for both wing positions and at full back.
A new name on the Leicester radar is another player from Euro 2016, but one that had a tournament to forget, Aleksandar Dragovic of Austria. He was sent off in his country’s opening match against Hungary and missed a penalty in their must-win game against Iceland. However, as important as it is not to over-rate players who do well at international tournaments, it is also crucial not to write a player off after a bad tournament. Dragovic is a solid centre-half, who is currently for Dynamo Kiev, and would provide quality cover to the first choice paring of Wes Morgan and Robert Huth.
The Leicester Mercury are reporting that the defender has been the subject of a €15million bid from the champions, according to sources in Germany. They are in direct competition with Bayer Leverkusen, who have tabled a bid of equal value. He has been a long term target for Leicester, who tried to sign him in January and would like to see him link up with compatriot Christian Fuchs. He has Champions League experience and could be a good addition to the squad. He is a goal threat at set pieces and a good ball player from the back, which Leicester lack in their current centre back pairing.
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