Burnley boss Sean Dyche is hoping to take advantage of the situation regarding the contract of Marc Albrighton to prise him away from Leicester City this summer.
The Clarets are looking to add quality to their ranks in the off-season to improve on the 2020-2021 campaign. They ended up just one place above the drop zone after losing seven of their last nine top-flight games. However, relegation was never really an issue, as the Turf Moor outfit finished 11 points clear of 18th-placed Fulham.
A decent run of form from November to January meant they had sufficient points in the bank to stay out of trouble. But Dyche will want to ensure that it does not happen again and is planning accordingly.
The Sun are reporting that they will turn to the Foxes’ veteran and try to land him at a bargain price. That is because the 31-year-old has only one year left on his current deal at King Power Stadium.
The Lancashire club had hoped to sign Ashley Young but the former England man chose to return to Aston Villa instead. The Burnley boss has a history of signing experienced players who he knows can do a job in the Premier League.
Albrighton fits the bill perfectly, having been part of the Foxes’ title-winning side of 2015-2016. The Tamworth-born wide man played in every one of the club’s league games en route to lifting the trophy.
There has been no mention of any potential fee but the FA Cup winner would not cost a king’s ransom.
Albrighton exit makes Leicester sense
The East Midlanders narrowly missed out on Champions League football for the second consecutive season. They will play in the Europa League as manager Brendan Rodgers continues to develop the side.
With their elevated status, the Foxes can now attract top players and many have been linked. That means Albrighton may well see less game time in 2021-2022.
The former Aston Villa ace has made 253 appearances in all competitions for Rodgers’ side. But he was only handed 17 league start last term and that number might diminish even further if he remains.
With that in mind, a move to Burnley looks a win-win situation for all concerned. The north-west outfit have already signed defender Nathan Collins from Stoke City since the end of last season.
And it may be that Albrighton is the next man to arrive, with a return to pre-season training now on the horizon.