Leicester City continue to be linked with a host of players as they attempt to build a squad capable of competing in the Champions League. The latest player linked is Ron-Robert Zieler and it appears to be credible, with both Sky Sports and BBC reporting that the goalkeeper is in talks with the Premier League champions. The reports state that Leicester have activated the release clause in the German’s contract and that he will travel to England to undergo a medical if personal terms are agreed.
The goalkeeper has had experience in England before, as he was a trainee at Manchester United, during which he had a loan spell at Northampton Town. Therefore the physical demands and pace of the English game won’t be a surprise to Zieler and he will give Kasper Schemiechel firm competition. The Hannover shot-stopper has six caps for Germany, bringing experience at the highest level to the Leicester squad. Supporters will be concerned that a goalkeeper as good as Zieler won’t be joining Leicester to be second choice and the impending transfer may indicate that Kasper Schmeichel could be leaving the club this summer.
The 27 year old has been a regular in the Bundesliga for a number of years and has emerged as one of the best keepers in the league. He is a good shot stopper, while his distribution is very impressive. He prefers to punch the ball rather than catch it, and that could prove to be an issue in a physical league like the Premier League. As a back up to Schmeichel he will be an excellent signing, but there are doubts about whether he can be a number one for a club playing in the Champions League.
Steven N’Zonzi is another name on the Leicester City radar, with the Mirror reporting that Leicester had a bid worth £18m turned down by Sevilla. The midfielder is believed to be open to a move back to England and wants Champions League football. He would prove to be a smart signing for Claudio Ranieri given his experience in England. The Frenchman would also increase Leicester’s chances in the Champions League as he did for Sevilla in their successful Europa League campaign.
The former Blackburn and Stoke City midfielder has a release clause of £21m and Ranieri is believed to be weighing up another bid. There are other clubs interested in the midfielder, but Leicester are keen to steal a march, which could be partially due to the uncertainty about the future of Ngolo Kante.
N’Zonzi is an all action midfielder, who likes to try and dominate the play. He is an effective tackler, and is brilliant in the air. Although he is a similar player to Kante, he is more offensive as shown by his tally of three goals and one assist in the league. He would introduce an extra dimension to Leicester’s play and could be the perfect complement to Kante and Danny Drinkwater in a midfield three, a formation that Ranieri may opt to play in the Champions League.
Regarding the future of Ngolo Kante, L’Equipe are reporting that he could be set to stay at the club. He told L’Equipe:
“For now, I am happy at Leicester. I do not pay too much attention to everything that is said. For now, I am in Leicester and I focus on the Euros.”
Kante was arguably the signing of the season and was an integral part of Leicester’s title winning team. Ranieri will be keen to keep hold of him, but that could be difficult as the biggest clubs in Europe are looking at the Frenchman. He will be playing for France this summer and if he has a good tournament, the interest in him will only increase.
Leicester are looking to bring in several players to add quality and depth to their existing squad. However their main objective has to be keep the likes of Kante, Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy, as it will feel like a backwards step if any were to leave. The coming months are crucial in deciding whether Leicester winning the league will be a one off magical story, or if they can start to stabilise as a top six side.
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