Leicester City have been linked with a move for Bayer Leverkusen defender Jonathan Tah ahead of the upcoming transfer window.
What’s the story?
According to German outlet SportBILD (as reported by Leicestershire Live), the Foxes are interested in acquiring the 25-year-old’s services this summer as Brendan Rodgers looks to bolster his first team squad.
The report claims that Leverkusen would be prepared to let Tah leave if they’re successful in their pursuit of Mainz defender Jeremiah St Juste.
Rodgers needs him
Leicester are expected to be in the market for a centre-back, with club captain Wes Morgan announcing his retirement after a stellar career and Premier League-winning defender Christian Fuchs departing following a five-year stint at the King Power Stadium.
While the likes of Caglar Soyuncu, Jonny Evans and Wesley Fofana all performed admirably throughout the recently concluded campaign, all three suffered prolonged injures at some point, forcing Rodgers to play people out of position in order to plug the gaps.
With the Midlands outfit securing European football for next term, reinforcements will be required if they are to stand a chance of fighting on multiple fronts.
Therefore, a move for the 1.95m (6 ft 5) Germany colossus makes perfect sense for the current FA Cup holders this summer. Once described by former teammate Christoph Kramer as a “battleship”, Tah has been one of the Bundesliga’s best performers in recent seasons.
The Germany international made 27 top-flight appearances for Leverkusen last term, achieving a respectable 6.75 WhoScored rating in the process, and it seems as though the time has come to take the next step in his career.
If Leicester are to continue their development under Rodgers, then director of football Jon Rudkin must back the manager over the imminent transfer window.
While their rivals at the upper echelons of the Premier League table may be more affluent, the Foxes have managed to punch above their weight through a series of astute purchases, and bringing in Tah to replace Morgan would go down as another cunning move from the recruitment team.