Real Madrid are said to be considering a move for standout Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, as Zinedine Zidane looks to add depth to his defensive midfield options.
Los Blancos only have one natural defensive midfielder, Casemiro, in their squad following the departure of Marcos Llorente to Atletico Madrid last summer. Real have previously been linked with a move for Rennes’ Eduardo Camavinga, but could be put off by his €75million price tag.
Now, according to Fichajes, Ndidi has emerged as a possible target for Real Madrid. The Nigerian international has been a key player for Leicester City since his arrival from Genk in 2017, making 130 appearances in three-and-a-half years.
He has been particularly important to Leicester’s successful 2019/20 campaign, with Brendan Rodgers’ side currently sitting in third place and looking a safe bet to qualify for the Champions League. His importance to the Foxes was demonstrated by the fact they failed to win any of the five league games he was absent from.
Ndidi’s impressive displays have naturally caught the eye of other Premier League clubs, with Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal all being linked with moves for him. He has insisted, however, that he is enjoying his football at Leicester and has no desire to leave. The Nigerian is also tied down to a contract until 2024.
Should the continuation of the Premier League be given the all-clear, Leicester have nine remaining games to secure a Champions League spot for only the second time in their history.
They have a relatively kind end-of-season run-in, facing the likes of Watford, Brighton and Bournemouth, with the only ‘top-six’ sides they have to play being Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal – all teams who currently sit below Leicester in the Premier League table.
To have any hope of sealing the deal, Leicester will need Ndidi to be fit and firing – though they’ll be wary of impressive performance only further Real’s, and any other interested parties, interest.