Leicester City have been mentioned as a possible suitor for Manchester City striker Lukas Nmecha ahead of the upcoming transfer window.
What’s the story?
According to Belgian football commentator and analyst Filip Joos, the 22-year-old is likely to depart the Etihad Stadium this summer, and he has named Leicester as a possible destination.
Nmecha spent last season on loan at Anderlecht, impressing during his time with Vincent Kompany’s side, but has been tipped to take the next step in his career and join a Premier League club over the coming months.
Rudkin must swoop
The youngster scored 21 goals and provided three assists in 41 appearances during his 12-month stint at the Lotto Park stadium.
However, Nmecha really made a name for himself by bagging the winning goal for Germany in the final of the European Under-21 Championship against Portugal.
When asked about the prospect of the youngster staying at Anderlecht next season, Joos told Sporza: “Logic dictates no. Vincent Kompany can have a positive effect, but does that help? Anderlecht will only play (Europa) Conference League next season.
“I don’t think (Manchester) City will draft Nmecha next season. Such teams want another intermediate step. Then I think of Leverkusen in Germany. Or Aston Villa or Leicester City in England. If it comes to Brentford or Southampton, Nmecha will also think twice.”
Nmecha only has one year remaining on his City contract having never played a senior game for the Cityzens, and Joos believes the pacey forward could be available for around £7 million.
After struggling during spells with Middlesbrough, Preston North End and Wolfsburg, it seems the German hitman found his feet in Belgium, drawing praise from his temporary manager following an outstanding display.
“He also works hard for the team”, said Kompany after the loan star bagged a brace in a 2-1 victory over KV Oostende.
“Of course, he still has room for improvement, but actually he is already a quite complete striker. He does not have any noticeable weaknesses. At the moment, he is already one of the best strikers in Belgium.”
With Leicester qualifying for next term’s Europa League, Brendan Rodgers will need to add reinforcements to his first-team squad in order to compete on multiple fronts.
The Midlands outfit are expected to splash out on big-money signings for the likes of Boubakary Soumare and Odsonne Edouard, so picking up Nmecha for a bargain price could be an astute purchase in the current climate.
Director of football Jon Rudkin must, therefore, swoop for the City sensation this summer to give Rodgers the tools he requires to break into the Premier League’s top four.
Leicester have seemingly ran out of gas at the end of the last two seasons, so adding strength in depth in the form of a relatively cheap player, with a goalscoring pedigree, makes a lot of sense.