Leicester star wanted by Barcelona

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Leicester City endured a terrible end to the season.

Brendan Rodgers’ side seemed nailed-on to qualify for the Champions League throughout the campaign.

Indeed, following matchweek 30, when the Foxes drew 1-1 with Watford, they were eight points clear of fifth-placed Manchester United.

However, a late-season collapse saw them consigned to the Europa League.

Rodgers’ men won just two of their final six games, beating Crystal Palace and Sheffield United, but losing to AFC Bournemouth, Tottenham Hotspur, and Manchester United; they also drew with Arsenal.

They ended the campaign four points behind United – from the 30th game of the season to the 38th, they took just eight points. United, by comparison, took 20.

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And they are now facing up to the prospect of losing a major star in the summer transfer window.

NTV Spor reports that Caglar Soyuncu is a wanted man, with Barcelona expressing an interest.

The 24-year-old joined the Foxes in 2018 in a £19 million deal, arriving from German club Freiburg.

And it seems as though Rodgers’ side could turn a huge profit on the centre-back in the coming weeks.

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Barcelona are ready to bid €40 million (£36.1m) for the defender, who enjoyed an exceptional season at Leicester; he made 34 appearances in the Premier League, even scoring in a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.

The Catalan giants are ready to offer the centre-back a five-year contract if they can agree a fee with the Foxes.

GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…

This is of little surprise.

Soyuncu is an excellent centre-back and was the bedrock of much of what made Leicester great throughout the first half of the campaign.

He has averaged 1.8 tackles throughout the season, along with 1.3 interceptions and a staggering 4.4 clearances; he also has a pass success rate of 89.6%, per WhoScored.

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He would fit right in at Barcelona were they to make a bid.

He is a player who can bring the ball out from the back, provide genuinely stoic defensive work, and also pose a threat in the opposition box.

Leicester should do everything they can to keep him, but the pull of the Camp Nou may be too hard to resist for the young centre-back.

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