Arsenal have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Leicester’s Caglar Soyuncu, with the news that Brendan Rodgers looks set to raid former club Celtic for Norwegian defender Kristoffer Ajer, according to reports by TEAMtalk.
Leicester’s scintillating start to the season has not gone unnoticed so far, and whilst Jamie Vardy has grabbed the plaudits for his goalscoring exploits much of the Foxes’ success lies in their watertight defence.
The departure of Harry Maguire to Manchester United was widely expected to coincide with a downturn in Leicester’s defensive output, but Rodgers and his team have been resoundingly rewarded for placing their faith in Turkish stalwart Soyuncu having conceded just eight goals – the best record of any team in the Premier League this season.
A bit-part player towards the backend of the last campaign, Soyuncu has stepped up to fill the void left by Maguire with incredible assuredness.
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An imposing physical presence he also possesses the ability to step out of defence with the ball and transition play. It is, therefore, no surprise that interest in Soyuncu’s services has increased tenfold with Arsenal just one of a host of potential destinations for the 23-year-old should he decide to leave the club.
And that is probably the most pressing of questions, should he decide to leave. Leicester are currently second in the table and widely considered favourites to secure Champions League football ahead of the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United.
The one spark of hope spurring on Arsenal’s fans is the news that Leicester have earmarked Ajer as a potential transfer target.
The 21-year-old is highly rated and at £20 million represents a relatively risk-free deal for the Foxes. But with Wes Morgan close to retirement the signing of Ajer doesn’t necessarily suggest that Leicester are in line to sell any of their key defensive assets.