Leicester City have received a boost in their pursuit of Valencia defender Mouctar Diakhaby as manager Brendan Rodgers looks to add further reinforcements to his backline.
The 24-year-old was linked with a move to the King Power Stadium over the summer but ended up staying put after Brendan Rodgers decided to pursue a deal for Jannik Vestergaard instead.
However, according to Spanish outlet Deporte Valenciano (as relayed by the Leicester Mercury), Valencia ‘plans to sell’ Diakhaby in January after seeing him forced down the pecking order by new signing Omar Alderete.
The report states that while the former France Under-21 international could still turn his situation around at the Mestalla over the next few months, the plan, as was the case this summer, remains to move the player on should a suitable offer arrive.
Diakhaby arrived at Valencia with a sizeable reputation back in 2018 following a £12.8 million move from boyhood club Lyon, but he’s struggled to live up to expectations.
The centre-back made his highest number of La Liga starts last term, though, featuring from the off on 24 occasions as the Bats finished in a disappointing 13th position in the top-flight standings.
Although Diakhaby had a few shaky moments in 2020/21, making one error leading to a goal and only recording four clean sheets, he did put in some promising performances.
Across 29 La Liga appearances last season, he averaged an 85% pass success rate, won 1.8 aerials and 3.8 clearances per game, highlighting his potential when on top form.
Therefore, news that the £9m-rated Diakhaby is set to be available in the January window will surely leave a large section of Leicester supporters buzzing.
With Wesley Fofana set to miss the majority of the campaign through injury, Caglar Soyuncu struggling for form and Vestergaard and Jonny Evans having fitness complaints of their own in the opening weeks, the arrival of another centre-back would be warmly welcomed.
The addition of Thursday night fixtures due to the Foxes’ participation in the Europa League will put an extra strain on Rodgers’ squad, and Diakhaby’s arrival would allow the Midlands outfit to fight on multiple fronts.