Leicester target £27m-rated French defender; Everton, Milan also keen

Date published: Monday 7th September 2020 12:34

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Leicester City have set their sights on St Etienne defender Wesley Fofana, but remain hesitant at his £27m price tag, according to reports.

Fofana, 19, impressed last campaign in what was his breakthrough season. He racked up 20 appearances in all competitions as St Etienne finished 17th in Ligue 1.

Leicester face competition for Fofana from Everton and AC Milan for Fofana, reports the Daily Mail.

Brendan Rodgers’ men completed their first bit of business this summer just last week, as versatile Belgian Timothy Castagne joined from Atalanta.

They are looking to add to that business with a centre back, a winger and a striker.

Fofana isn’t the only French centre back being considered by the Foxes. They’re one of a host of Premier League sides that could take a chance on Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti.

Umtiti was a pivotal part of the French World Cup winning team in 2018, but a string of injuries has led to him slipping down the pecking order at the Nou Camp.

The Spanish giants could now let the 26-year-old leave on a free after struggling to find a buyer.

 

Rodgers reignites interest in Tarkowski

Leicester City have also revived their interest in Burnley centre-back James Tarkowksi, according to reports.

Tarkowksi was among Leicester’s candidates to replace Harry Maguire following the England defender’s move to Manchester United last summer. However, the Foxes ultimately stuck with Jonny Evans and Caglar Soyuncu.

Then, in January, Ryan Bennett arrived at the King Power Stadium on loan, but he has since returned to Wolves – meaning there is still a space for a defender in Rodgers’ squad.

Leicester could go back in for a defensive reinforcement before this transfer window closes. And Tarkowksi has emerged on their radar once more.

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