The Jamie Vardy saga remains at the centre of the latest Leicester City transfer developments. The forward is waiting until after the Euros to make his decision, and this will only create more speculation about whether he will move to Arsenal or not. An article in today’s Evening Standard reports that Vardy is leaning towards staying at the Foxes to continue the Leicester fairytale in the Champions League. The forward would also be likely to sign a new improved deal at the club for the second time inside six months. This will be a huge boost for the club and put them in a great position to keep the other key players in the squad, whilst continuing to recruit.
The breaking news coming regarding Leicester’s transfer moves is that they made a significant offer for Troy Deeney, believed to be around £20 million. This is an interesting move and could suggest they are preparing for life after Jamie Vardy. However, the Mirror report that the club are interested in the Watford forward, regardless of whether Vardy leaves or not. The striker wants the move as he wants to play Champions League football under Claudio Ranieri. However, Watford are keen to keep hold of their captain, and don’t see Leicester as a step up for the forward, as they are struggling to keep hold of their key players.
If they manage to get Deeney signed on, he would be an interesting signing, especially if Vardy remains. The two would complement each other well, as both work hard, and run tirelessly. However, Deeney likes to play deeper than Vardy, which would suit Leicester. It would allow Vardy to make the runs that we know he can and stretch the defence, giving Deeney lots of space between the lines. He scored 15 times for Watford in all competitions, and added a further seven assists. He would be a good signing and fit into their side well, but question marks remain about the fee.
There will be more concern amongst Leicester fans regarding the future of N’Golo Kante, after Arsene Wenger admitted that he admired the midfielder to beIN Sports. The following quote was taken from this article on Sky Sports: “I admire and like N’Golo Kante a lot. He gives you ideas,” Wenger told beIN Sports. “He gives you the feeling that the higher the level he plays at, the more at ease he is.”
N’Golo Kante was many people’s player of the season and the interest in him doesn’t appear to be going away. He is set to play a part for France in the coming weeks and if he produces similar performances as he did for Leicester, the interest is likely to firm up. Leicester have shown that they can keep hold of their best players, as it looks like Vardy has been persuaded to stay and they will be hoping to convince Kante in a similar way. He would be a huge loss for Leicester and wouldn’t be easy to replace, with Nampalys Mendy being continuously linked as a possible replacement.
A new name on the Leicester transfer agenda is Udinese midfielder Bruno Fernandes who is reportedly attracting the interest of the champions. The Leicester Mercury state that reports in Italy have credited Leicester with an interest for the young Portuguese midfielder, who has scored ten goals for the Italian club. He is more of a ball player than the other midfielder’s linked, and could be an exciting pick up for around €10m.
If this interest was acted upon, he would very much be a player for the future and wouldn’t slot straight into the Leicester side. He would be a good player to add depth, and he would also bring the ability to create things in the final third. Leicester prefer to play without the ball, but Fernandes is a player who likes to have the ball at his feet and could provide an extra dimension to the squad of the champions.
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