Leicester City have only signed one player in preparation for the new campaign, but that could be about to change.
Their defensive target Wesley Fofana has asked his current club Saint Etienne to consider a deal.
Leicester have reportedly made a £26.8 million bid for the player and offered him a five year contract.
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Speaking about the potential move, Fofana told French outlet L’Equipe (via Mirror): “I’ve received a lot of offers. This contract can change my life. I have to protect my family by keeping them safe. The sporting and financial aspects being combined, I have to say yes.”
Fofana’s manager is former Leicester boss Claude Puel. The 19-year-old directly addressed his manager in the interview, saying: “He [Puel] said I am 100 per cent part of the project and that it is out of the question for me to leave during this transfer window.
“I listen to it and I understand it. But he too must do the same. I hope he will open his heart and listen to me.”
The French side are yet to respond to Leicester’s offer. They’re understandably desperate to keep Fofana as he’s one of their prized assets.
However, the revelation will boost Leicester’s hopes of signing the player in the coming weeks. A second offer could make St Etienne reconsider, especially as Fofana has openly expressed his desire to move.
The Frenchman enjoyed a breakthrough campaign during the 2019/20 season. He featured 24 times for the first team, including two appearances in the Europa League.
Leicester could see Fofana as a long term replacement for Jonny Evans. The Northern Ireland international has formed a strong partnership with Caglar Soyuncu at centre back, but is now aged 32.
Signing Fofana would provide manager Brendan Rodgers with an extra option in defence. He could be a great investment for the future, too, if he establishes himself in the first team.
Leicester’s only signing so far is Timothy Castagne for £25 million from Atalanta. You can see all of the other Premier League transfers on our dedicated page.