Leicester City are reportedly closing in on the signature of Southampton defender Jannik Vestergaard after reaching an agreement with the Saints.
What’s the story?
According to The Telegraph, Leicester have had a £15 million offer accepted by the south coast club for their 29-year-old centre-back, who is now set to discuss personal terms with The Foxes.
The report claims that Vestergaard has already told teammates that he expects to move to the King Power Stadium this summer after becoming eager for a new challenge in his career.
Brendan Rodgers’ charges were first linked with a move for the Denmark international in January 2020, but with the 6 ft 5 beast only having one year remaining on his current contract, City have been able to get him for a reduced fee in the current window.
Will Vestergaard be a success?
Brendan Rodgers will be over the moon
Leicester have been searching for a central defender all summer following former club captain Wes Morgan’s retirement, and Wesley Fofana’s horrific injury only accelerated their search.
The former Borussia Monchengladbach defender enjoyed a stellar 2020/21 campaign at the St. Mary’s Stadium, scoring three goals in 30 Premier League appearances, achieving a highly respectable 6.89 WhoScored rating along the way.
His impressive performances attracted the attention of several pundits, including Tim Sherwood, who sang his praises early last term, saying: “During the early part of the season, he was their best player. He was outstanding.”
And his underlying numbers back up his eye-catching displays on the pitch. Vestergaard averaged a whopping four clearances per league game last term, 0.5 blocks and 1.4 interceptions, placing him in the top five amongst his teammates for each metric.
He became renowned for long, raking diagonal balls from the back last season and has always excelled in the air due to his giant frame. The imposing Scandinavian achieved a passing accuracy of 83% and won 64% of his aerial duals, highlighting his ability to do the modern and traditional aspects of defending extremely well.
Therefore, Rodgers will surely be over the moon that the Leicester hierarchy have agreed a deal for the £60,000-per-week ace.
Fofana’s lengthy spell on the sidelines threatened to derail the Midlands outfit’s push for a top-four finish before the new campaign had even kicked off, but bringing in an experienced Premier League player in the peak of his powers will have the Foxes dreaming once again.
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