Leicester City could land their perfect heir to Jonny Evans this summer after being linked with a move for Inter defender Andreaw Gravillon.
What’s the story?
According to French outlet Foot Mercato, the Foxes are one of many clubs interested in acquiring the 23-year-old’s services this summer after his impressive loan spell at Ligue 1 outfit Lorient.
The report claims fellow Premier League sides Southampton and Crystal Palace are also monitoring Gravillon’s situation, as well as several big European clubs, including Marseille, Olympiacos and Anderlecht.
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Gravillon caught the eye as he played a pivotal part in Lorient’s fight to retain their top-flight status, starting 26 league games, scoring once and providing two assists in the process.
It was against former French champions Paris Saint-Germain when Gravillon particularly rose to prominence. The towering defender made eight clearances and six interceptions – both the highest totals on the pitch – as Les Merlus defeated the capital club 3-2.
His WhoScored rating of 7.51 was the highest of any non-goalscorer, and the Parisians only got the better of Gravillon via two Neymar penalties, with Kylian Mbappe experiencing a remarkably quiet night, as his 6.11 rating shows.
Christophe Pelissier’s side are reportedly keen to retain the Frenchman’s service for next season, but they’ll face stiff competition from the likes of Leicester.
The San Siro academy graduate had previously enjoyed a string of other loan spells before he found his feet in his homeland in 2020/21 and now looks set for a permanent move away from the Italian champions.
In a recent interview, Gravillon revealed he’s open-minded about where his future may lie, admitting nothing has been decided yet.
“Once the season is over, we will see with my agents whether we should stay in Lorient, return to Inter, go elsewhere. We do not know. We’ll see. We will wait until the season to see how things will go, ” he said.
His comments leave the door open to a possible summer switch to the King Power Stadium, where Gravillon could be the perfect heir to an ageing Jonny Evans.
The 33-year-old Northern Ireland international was one of a number of centre-back options who picked up a string of injuries in the recently concluded campaign as Brendan Rodgers’ charges finished fifth, and the departure of Wes Morgan means reinforcements are required for the Midlands outfit.
Comfortable playing at right-back as well as his preferred role in the heart of defence, the £4.5m-rated (as per Transfermarkt) Gravillon appears to be a logical fit for Leicester, and the club’s director of football Jon Rudkin may have already found the Foxes’ future replacement for their first-choice centre-half.
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