Leicester fail with £18m midfielder bid but want Ox

Date published: Sunday 29th May 2016 12:32

Steven N'Zonzi: Sevilla midfielder reportedly a target for Leicester City

Leicester City are reported to have failed with an £18million bid for Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi but have also been linked with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Claudio Ranieri is widely reported to be resigned to losing N’Golo Kante this summer and so is on the lookout for replacements, with Nice’s Nampalys Mendy also linked.

According to the Sunday Mirror, however, it is N’Zonzi that Leicester have moved for first.

The Foxes were interested in the 27-year-old last summer before he joined Sevilla from Stoke City for £7million, but the Europa League winners have apparently rejected the chance to make an £11million profit 12 months later.

N’Zonzi has a £21million release clause in his contract, however, with Ranieri now weighing up an improved offer. The newspaper says Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal are also keeping tabs on the situation.

The Sunday Express, meanwhile, says Leicester will rival Liverpool for the signing of Oxlade-Chamberlain this summer.

The England midfielder apparently wants to fight for his place at Arsenal after an injury-hit season, but Arsene Wenger is said to be willing to let him leave Emirates Stadium this summer as part of a fairly major squad overhaul.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, who was ruled out of the European Championship because of a knee injury suffered in February, has also been linked with a return to Southampton.

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