Leicester City are just one of several teams to have recently been linked with a move for Angers midfielder Baptiste Santamaria.
As reported by The Express, Leicester have been tracking the player and hope he can have a N’Golo Kante like impact at the King Power Stadium.
The report also credited Everton and Tottenham as being keen, whilst Aston Villa have previously failed in a £9 million move for the player, as reported by RMC.
Le10 Sport has this week reported on Angers’ stance regarding the player. It is suggested that the French side promised him an exit this summer amid the interest mounting in his services 12 months ago.
A €15 million (£13.4m) price-tag is mentioned, with Atalanta and Lille also keen on a transfer.
But Angers have a new sporting director, with Sébastien Larcier replacing Olivier Nickeau at the Ligue 1 side.
When quizzed on the matter by Ouest-France this week, he did nothing to suggest Santamaria would not be leaving, suggesting Angers boss Stephane Moulin was happy to replace the 25-year-old internally.
“Stéphane thinks that the foundations of his team are good and has confidence in his current workforce. Tactically, the team is experienced and can be effective quickly. It is an important source of reliability.”
So it appears that Santamaria will be available this summer and Leicester City would be right to make a move for a player who could easily emulate the success Kante did after making an unheralded switch from French football.
But the Foxes will need to move quick, with a growing queue of fervent suitors in pursuit of this potential gem.