Leicester City could move for two Inter Milan stars following an injury to Wesley Fofana, according to a report.
Fofana will be out until 2022 after being stretchered off in the Foxes’ friendly win over Villarreal on Wednesday. It’s a huge blow for the 20-year-old centre-back, who impressed fans and pundits alike during 28 Premier League appearances last term.
In his absence, Brendan Rodgers’ side managed to beat Manchester City at Wembley on Saturday to lift the Community Shield.
Forward Kelechi Iheanacho scored the winning goal against his former club from the penalty spot.
Before the game, Rodgers told a press conference that Leicester could enter the market for defensive cover.
“We’re definitely light in the area,” he said. “Filip Benkovic has done really well over the course of pre-season. Daniel Amartey has also done well. It’s certainly something we’ll look at. “There will be a small group of players identified. We’ll see what happens.”
According to Inter Live (via Sport Witness), Leicester are looking at Marcelo Brozovic and Stefan De Vrij to bolster their ranks.
The report claims that an impressive €48m (£40m) double deal could be launched, taking both players to the King Power.
De Vrij would compete with Caglar Soyuncu for a starting spot, while also providing cover for Fofana. Brozovic would provide additional steel in the centre of midfield.
Rodgers is currently without senior defender Jonny Evans, too, as he picked up a foot injury towards the end of last season.
The swoop could spell trouble for Inter bosses as Brozovic and De Vrij are fan-favourites at the San Siro.
It’s claimed that a transfer could result in a ‘real revolt’ at the club.
Wing-back Achraf Hakimi has already been snapped up by Paris Saint-Germain, while 30-goal striker Romelu Lukaku is closing in on a Chelsea return.
Leicester ace Maddison on the move
While Leicester plot an audacious raid on Inter, they need to be wary of Arsenal’s hunt for playmaker James Maddison.
The England star, 24, continues to be linked with an Emirates switch, one which he is believed to be open to.
He’s been placed on Mikel Arteta’s radar after Martin Odegaard’s return to north London was blocked by Real Madrid.
Maddison made 42 appearances in all competitions last season, scoring 11 goals, and helped Leicester to win the FA Cup.
However, he could be playing in Arsenal’s famous strip during the 2021/22 campaign if the Gunners match his £70m valuation.