Leicester and Rangers Interested in Rosenborg BK Youngster Emanuel Kulego

01 September 2020 09:30

Rosenborg BK's Norwegian striker Emanuel Kulego is said to have caught the eye of Leicester City and Rangers, despite not yet making a senior appearance for the club's first team.

The 18-year-old forward, who has only recently signed a deal with the Norwegian outfit, has impressed at youth level for both club and international teams. Most recently he has played for Rosenborg 2, who play in Norway's third division, making seven appearances and scoring once.

Though many may feel that's not enough time to impress, local news outlet Nettavisen say this limited exposure has been enough to garner interest from both the Premier League and the Scottish Premiership - with Leicester and Rangers after the young striker.

They may face a struggle to sign Kulego, however, after a recent interview conducted with Nettavisen suggested he's more than content with life in his homeland.

“It’s nice and shows that I have done something good, but I signed a new contract with Rosenborg this summer and will break through here. I want to make my debut in the Eliteserien [top tier in Norway], that is my goal," he said.

"Right now, I would like to have the opportunity here at home as fast as possible, but I’m not impatient and everything has its time. When Rosenborg feel I’m ready then I’m ready. Then we’ll see what happens.”

Even if Leicester or Rangers do end up making an offer, it's unlikely that Kulego will immediately force his way into the first team picture and will to have to bide his time. Brendan Rodgers' Foxes are in the market for a new striker - if Islam Slimani departs the club as expected - as they only have Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho as recognised centre forwards, but do also have Ayoze Perez to call on.

While Vardy may be still be scoring regularly, age is not in his side and it's apparent that Leicester are already looking to the future with Kulego. As for Rangers, they have already signed Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten to prepare for the imminent departure of Alfredo Morelos, and they still have an evergreen Jermain Defoe, now 37, on the Ibrox books.

Source: 90min