Leicester City are eyeing a swoop for Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand as a potential replacement for Ben Chilwell, according to the Daily Mail.
They report that Leicester are starting to prepare for life without England international Chilwell amid interest from Chelsea.
Any switch to Stamford Bridge wouldn’t happen until the summer – which gives Brendan Rodgers plenty of time to source a replacement – and he has his sights set on £70,000-a-week (Spotrac) Bertrand.
Rodgers is no stranger to working with Bertrand; he coached him in the early part of his career at Chelsea before bringing him to Reading on loan when he was manager there.
TBR’s View – Bertrand doesn’t suit Leicester’s age profile
Leicester have made a habit of signing young players who are only going to get even better, or bringing them through their academy – like Chilwell.
Chilwell is far and away England’s current first choice left back and Bertrand is 30 and way out of the Three Lions reckoning, despite the relative lack of alternatives.
It would be a downgrade for Leicester in terms of ability and potential. It’s a risk signing a full back who will be 31 by the time next season kicks off because if their legs go, it’s very tricky to keep pace with the Premier League’s rapid wingers.
Rodgers obviously knows the player well but it would be a surprise if a side who tend to invest as shrewdly as Leicester were to replace Chilwell with a man seven years his senior.
Younger, quicker and better options should be out there and Leicester’s well-oiled transfer structure should be capable of unearthing them.