Leicester ‘hot again’ on long-standing defensive target available for €35m

Leicester ‘hot again’ on long-standing defensive target available for €35m

Leicester City are reportedly back in for Bayer Leverkusen centre back Jonathan Tah, a player they also targeted last summer. 

Tah, 25, was identified by Brendan Rodgers as a player who could partner Caglar Soyuncu at the heart of the Foxes’ defence.

But despite their interest, a deal was never done and Tah remains with the Bundesliga side. However, a move for Tah could still happen.

That is according to SportBILD’s Christian Falk (via SportWitness), who says Leicester continue to track the German.

Additionally, he stated a reduction to his price tag could make the deal more feasible in the next transfer window.

He said: “Tah to Leicester could now be hot again. There were already movements last summer, and there is somebody at Leicester who knows him from his HSV time and is pushing.

“He has an exit clause, but this is set to reduce by €5m in the summer, which means that, according to our information, he would cost €35m.

“That is still a lot of money in these times. But he is becoming easier to finance, and he would like to take this step now.

 

“He’s been in a funk lately and he’s always wanted to go to England and if they give him that opportunity, then I assume he’ll do that.”

Tah found himself on the bench for five of Leverkusen’s opening seven games of the league season. Since then, though, he has played all but 16 minutes of their last 13 Bundesliga outings.

But it appears that, although he is a concrete fixture in the side, a transfer to England would be appealing to him.

That, alongside his slightly reduced fee, could encourage Leicester into making another swoop.

Leicester defender out for the season

Meanwhile, the Foxes have been dealt a setback after learning James Justin will miss the rest of the 2020/21 campaign.

The fullback was hurt in Leicester’s 1-o win over Brighton in midweek. There was hope that the injury wasn’t too serious, however scans have revealed the extent of the damage.

The 22-year-old has torn an ACL and will now have to undergo surgery before going through a lengthy rehabilitation process.

His manager Rodgers described the news as “devastating blow” but has backed the ex-Luton Town man to return even stronger.

He has made 48 appearances for the Foxes, scoring four goals, since joining in 2019. Justin had also been an ever-present in the Premier League this term thanks to his fantastic form. 

 

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