Leicester City are in a position of strength at the moment and will surely be an enticing proposition for the players they are being linked with. It appears that their main priority is adding strength to the offensive line, with numerous attackers being linked to the champions. Leicester supporters will be hoping that they manage to hang on to their key players that led them to their first Premier League title, with Jamie Vardy, N’Golo Kanté and Riyad Mahrez all being linked with moves away in recent weeks.
Their striker search is starting to heat up with Wissam Ben Yedder being linked by the Mirror. The Frenchman has had an excellent season in Ligue 1, finding the net on 22 occasions across all competitions for Toulouse this campaign. The 25-year-old has already stated his desire to leave this summer and could be available for around £10 million according to the report, certainly within the champions’ budget.
Claudio Ranieri wants to improve his front line, while providing some support for Jamie Vardy at the same time, and Ben Yedder could be the perfect addition. There won’t be a shortage of takers in the market for the Frenchman, who offers a relatively cheap option for clubs this summer, and he has shown he is an exciting talent.
Ben Yedder is an excellent finisher, while he is good at linking up with his team-mates around the penalty area too. He is able to play as a number ten, with his passing ability and fondness for playing through balls giving him the tools to excel in that position. There are question marks about his physicality and defensive contribution, both of which will be desired by Ranieri, with Leicester playing a lot of long balls. The latter is a problem as Leicester like to play a great deal of their matches out of possession, meaning they need to work hard defensively, even their forwards.
Another player being linked with a move to the club is Ahmed Musa, who has been a target since January, and he has been quoted on ESPN as being interested in joining the Premier League champions. He told ESPN FC:
“They have been talking since January, but it didn’t happen.”
“Now, I’m just waiting for them to finish. If they agree, why not? I’ll be happy to join.”
The forward is capable of playing in a number of attacking positions, which will be enticing to Claudio Ranieri. The Nigerian can play as a striker, or on the wing. This will add depth to Leicester’s front-line, much needed with the additional games that will come with being in the Champions League. Musa has experience in continental
competitions, a quality lacking in this overachieving Leicester squad, another reason why he would be a good pick up.
The Nigerian has scored 13 goals and assisted five times this season. He isn’t as productive in the final third as Ben Yedder in terms of goal contribution, but he is a dynamic player with lots of pace and could be the perfect fit for Leicester’s counter-attacking style of play. He is good at keeping hold of the ball and at the age of 23, he has plenty of time to develop further. This deal looks like it could be a lot further along than the Ben Yedder link though, with a fee believed to be around £22.8 million. Discussions are going well according to various other reports, including this one in the Guardian.
In terms of defensive targets, Leicester are believed to be closing in on Sporting Gijon defender Luis Hernandez, according to the Independent. The report states that the former Real Madrid trainee has long been on the radar of the Foxes and could be the first of many to arrive this summer, as the club prepare carefully for their maiden Champions League campaign.
He is capable of playing at right-back, but is likely to be preferred as competition for the first choice centre-half pairing of Robert Huth and Wes Morgan. The Spaniard is available on a free transfer after helping Sporting to retain their La Liga status on the final day. He isn’t a marquee name, but he is a risk-free addition and adds depth to what was a small squad in their title-winning campaign.
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