Will Leicester City move for Ludogorets' Anicet Abel if Danny Drinkwater leaves?
According to reports surfacing from France over the past day, Leicester City have moved into pole position to secure the signing of Ludogorets Razgrad midfielder Anicet Abel before the window ends.
Foot Mercato understand that boss Craig Shakespeare has been making strides as he looks to seal a deal for the 27-year-old, with contact made between the Foxes and the player’s representatives.
This comes amidst ongoing speculation of Danny Drinkwater being linked with a move to Premier League champions Chelsea, as reported by Sky Sports, and Abel could be being lined-up as a replacement.
What could the Ludogorets man bring to the Premier League?
Despite already bringing in Sevilla midfielder Vicente Iborra during the transfer window, Craig Shakespeare looks set on bolstering his central midfield options with a cut-price move for Abel.
The 27-year-old is very much the type of player that could fit in well at the King Power, being physical and dogged in the centre of the park, but giving a good sense of protection and cover to his back-four.
His career has been a bit of a slow burner up till now, only breaking into the Ludogorets first-team during last season after a stint in their reserves, but he is building up momentum at the right time of his career and he could yet prove to be a valuable squad player should he make the Leicester move.
Abel likes to have a sense of freedom in the midfield – almost a bit like Wilfried Ndidi in that he thrives off of having a licence to roam forward – and his tendency to score could prove to be useful.
He is certainly a bit of an unknown entity, and there is no guessing as to whether he would be able to adapt to the Premier League after a career spent in the Bulgarian league, but if Shakespeare seems keen on forcing a deal for him – and if Marseille are also interested – he could turn out to be a coup.