After reportedly reigniting their interest in Francisco Trincao, Leicester City have reportedly returned for another La Liga midfielder – Real Betis’ William Carvalho.
According to Spanish outlet Estadio Deportivo, the Foxes are the “most moved” in relation to any transfer deal, with Betis keen to sell due to the financial impacts of the pandemic.
It is not the first time that the East-Midlanders have expressed an interest in the Portuguese international, with reports last summer suggesting that they had agreed personal terms with the player only for Betis to scupper the move.
The Foxes and Director of Football Jon Rudkin would be making a mistake should they try for Carvalho once more.
When observing the Foxes’ squad, there does not appear to be space for the 28-year-old. Wilfred Ndidi is one of the most accomplished defensive midfielders in the Premier League, whilst Namplays Mendy and Hamza Choudhury are more than able deputies should the Nigerian not be available.
It is slightly perplexing then that Brendan Rodgers would elect to recruit a very similar player in the form of the £13.5m-rated Betis man, especially if that investment would be better served elsewhere.
Meanwhile, Carvalho’s injury record is not the most inspiring. Over the last two seasons, the former Sporting Clube de Portugal man has missed a total of 25 matches through injury, whilst having only been afforded 23 starts in all competitions during the same period.
Considering the Foxes’ injury problems this season and the fact that they could be faced with another gruelling European campaign next year, Rodgers will surely want players he can rely on within his squad. Carvalho does not seem like he would be able to fulfill that particular assignment.
If Leicester do indeed return for his signature, they might well be convinced of his ability but on face value, Carvalho is a player they should avoid.
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