Leicester Make Saint-Étienne's Wesley Fofana Top Defensive Target

10 September 2020 01:05

Exclusive - Leicester City have made 19-year-old Saint-Etienne centre-back Wesley Fofana their top defensive target for the summer transfer window.

With Jonny Evans and Wes Morgan now 32 and 36 respectively, Brendan Rodgers is keen to find some reinforcements this summer, with Çağlar Söyüncü and Filip Benković the only other natural centre-backs in Leicester's squad.

Rodgers has looked at Burnley's James Tarkowski but has baulked at his £50m asking price. Celtic's Kristoffer Ajer, who moved to Scotland just a few months before Rodgers in 2016, has also been scouted, but a source has confirmed to 90min that Fofana is the man Leicester are focused on.

Talks are already underway between the two sides, with Saint-Étienne holding out for just under £20m to part ways with their young star.

Sources close to the situation have told 90min that progress has been made in the last 48 hours and Leicester are hopeful of agreeing a deal before in the coming days.

Fofana was promoted to the first team at Saint-Étienne midway through last season and quickly established himself as a regular starter. 22 of his 24 appearances came from the opening whistle, including a start in the Coupe de France final defeat at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain.

He looks set to carry that momentum over into the new season, playing the full 90 minutes of Saint-Étienne's recent 2-0 win over Lorient, and the French side are well aware of his potential.

Leicester scouts were hugely impressed by the towering teenager and have encouraged Rodgers to prioritise a move for Fofana over any other target, and the boss is prepared to listen and push ahead with a big move.

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