Leicester close to sealing Patson Daka transfer despite late interest

21 June 2021 02:15

Exclusive - Leicester City are close to completing the signing of Red Bull Salzburg striker Patson Daka, having fended off late interest from a number of Premier League clubs.

The 22-year-old stepped into Erling Haaland's shoes in Salzburg and enjoyed an outstanding 2020/21 season, scoring 34 goals and contributing a further 12 assists in 42 appearances - form which earned himself admirers from across Europe.

It's Leicester who have won the race for Daka's signature, striking a deal to bring the Zambia international over to King Power Stadium for just under £30m, but sources have confirmed to 90min that a handful of Premier League sides tried to swoop in at the last minute.

Three of Leicester's rivals made late calls to Salzburg and Daka to try get a deal done, although the identities of the clubs in question remains unknown. Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal, Everton and Wolves have all scouted Daka in depth in the past.

Despite those bids, Daka has chosen to link up with Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers, who he believes is the ideal manager to take his career to the next level.

Daka is keen to link up with Rodgers | Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Rodgers has helped get the best out of a number of young players in the Leicester squad, with the likes of James Justin, Youri Tielemans, James Maddison and Wilfred Ndidi all flourishing under the Northern Irishman.

Leicester turned to Daka after seeing a move for Rodgers' preferred target, Celtic hitman Odsonne Edouard, collapse at the last minute.

A deal for the Frenchman was understood to be close to completion and had been agreed in principle some weeks ago. But talks between Leicester and Celtic broke down at the final stages, leading the Foxes to look elsewhere.

Leicester had been on signing Celtic's Odsonne Edouard | Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Negotiations with Daka were quick and effective, with Leicester wasting little time in convincing him that moving to King Power was best for his development.

Alongside Daka, Leicester are close to striking a deal to sign Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare, who made 32 appearances for the Ligue 1 title winners last season.

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Source: 90min