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Looks like Brendan Rodgers is really starting to put his foot down when it comes to making this ‘his team’.
He looks set to go all out when it comes to bringing in those who thinks can improve squad, and it seems as though he may have convinced the board to dig deep into the bank account with a rather large transfer fee being quoted.
According to reports in The Mirror (Print edition, 6/11/19, page 51), the Foxes are lining up a club record £45m bid for Real Sociedad’s 26-year-old defender Diego Llorente.
The club’s current record stands at £40m which they spent on Youri Tielemans this past summer (via The Guardian).
Llorente, whilst predominantly a central defender, can also play as a defensive midfielder, with the Sociedad website describing his versatility as ‘a real asset’, whilst also praising his positioning and strength in the air.
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We’ve discussed before that Leicester are dangerously low when it comes to centre-backs right now, so whilst he may offer versatility, it’s more than likely that he is going to be played at centre-back should he make the move to the King Power Stadium.
Plus, when you consider the numbers that Wilfred Ndidi is putting up this year, it was always going to be a hard job to dislodge him from that spot.
A move like this, as mentioned earlier, would give Rodgers a real chance to put his identity on the team, and show the footballing world that he is doing this with ‘his players’ rather than with the ones he inherited like Jamie Vardy, the aforementioned Ndidi, Kasper Schmeichel and others.
It’s well known that Rodgers likes his team to have an emphasis on passing the ball and keeping possession, and someone like Llorente will give his side a boost in that area.
Current centre-back Jonny Evans’ pass completion percentage this season stands at 86.7%, whereas Llorente’s stands at 87.6%. So whilst they are almost identical, the Spaniard does have a five-year age advantage on his Northern Irish counterpart, so this move would see the Foxes being able to keep up this style of play for years to come.