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Leicester told £30m transfer target is ‘better on one leg’ than their entire midfield

PSV stars Ibrahim Sangare, Eran Zahavi and Erick Gutierrez

A pundit thinks Leicester City target Ibrahim Sangare is ‘better on one leg’ than Brendan Rodgers’ entire midfield currently.

Recent reports claim Leicester are hoping to sign the PSV central midfielder this summer. Their interest comes soon after the Foxes beat PSV to reach the Europa Conference League semi-final.

Sangare, who plays for Ivory Coast on the international stage, will cost £30million due to his impressive performances this season.

He has made 45 appearances in all competitions and is helping PSV compete with Ajax for the Dutch title.

Leicester could lose star midfielders Wilfred Ndidi and Youri Tielemans once the summer transfer window opens.

Ndidi, despite being out for the remainder of the campaign, is a target for Aston Villa.

Tielemans, meanwhile, is wanted by several big clubs, including Liverpool and Manchester United. The main reason for this is his contract will expire in June 2023.

Sangare would be a good replacement for Ndidi, given his defensive nature.

Ibrahim Sangare receives glowing praise

Former coach Aad de Mos, who has managed Ajax, PSV and Werder Bremen, thinks Sangare could be too good even for Leicester.

He said (via Sport Witness): “Ibrahim Sangare is better on one leg than Leicester’s midfield.

“He is extraordinary. This season, he has been the king of PSV. You only miss Sangere when he’s not playing.

“Sangare isn’t just right for Leicester. He can easily keep up at an even higher club. He can easily play at Tottenham and certainly at Arsenal.

“He’s better than Albert Lokonga. Sangare is a great player. I think £30m is a good price.

“(It’s) a bargain. I think he is a good player who would be first on the board at all those teams.

“You need someone like that, who picks up a ball and is always in between things with the point of his shoe. And lately he’s also been getting dangerous towards the opponent’s goal.”

The 24-year-old’s PSV contract has three years to run, putting the Eredivisie club in a good position. They can decide if they want to sell for a profit or keep Sangare ready for next season.

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