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Leicester star Soyuncu set for bigger things as Chelsea poised for three-way transfer battle

Caglar Soyuncu, Leicester City, April 2022.

Chelsea, Manchester City and Juventus are all reportedly keen on the signing of Leicester City centre-back Caglar Soyuncu in the summer transfer window.

Soyuncu has been part of a number of a few good seasons during his time with the Foxes. The Turkish centre-back joined in 2018, and played just six league games that season.

The following campaign, Soyuncu was afforded a much bigger role in the side. He slotted into the side after Harry Maguire left for Manchester United, and made 34 league appearances, as Leicester finished fifth.

In the following season, when the Foxes again finished fifth, Soyuncu made 23 league appearances. This season, he played in 28 league games, and despite a poor start, Leicester managed an eight-placed finish.

The centre-back has acquitted himself well in his few seasons in the Premier League. What’s more, with his contract up at the end of next season, it looks as if he may be moving on.

AS reports that Soyuncu is likely to leave the club, according to his entourage. That report names three potential destinations: Chelsea, Man City and Juventus.

A move to any of those clubs would be a step up for the 26-year-old.

However, given how he has performed during his time at Leicester – particularly in the 2019/20 season – he may be deserving of a move of a step up in his career.

Indeed, at 26 years of age, he should have a lot of good years of football ahead of him.

Now may be the right time for Soyuncu to move onto bigger things, and a bigger club than Leicester.

Soyuncu could fill gap at Chelsea

Leicester City's Jonny Evans celebrates with Caglar Soyuncu and Luke Thomas

Should Soyuncu move to Chelsea, he would be filling a gap that is soon to appear. Both Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen will leave the club this summer, and replacements will be required.

Soyuncu coming in would, therefore, be a good thing for a few reasons. Firstly, he would add depth that the Blues have lost in losing the two centre-backs.

Furthermore, he would bring Premier League experience, and is also used to battling for a place in the top half of the table.

As such, Chelsea will be keen on beating the other interested sides to the punch. However, it may be a tough ask, given the size of the clubs they will reportedly be competing with for the star.

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