Leicester Transfers: 5 Centre-Backs the Foxes Could Realistically Target in the Summer

Leicester fans were having the time of their life - the 2015/2016 season aside - prior to football's enforced break. Brendan Rodgers' side were third in the Premier League and were two wins away from ending the club's FA Cup hodoo.

However, when this season eventually draws to a conclusion, the Foxes cannot afford to rest on their laurels. If they are to make their dreams of becoming an established top four club a reality, several key areas need strengthening.

For instance, at centre-back. While Jonny Evans and Caglar Soyuncu have been one of the best defensive pairings in the Premier League this season, the Foxes lack depth. Wes Morgan is poised to be moved on, Ryan Bennett's loan is unlikely to be made permanent and Filip Benkovic remains unproven.

Here's five options that Leicester should be exploring to bolster their back four.

Kristoffer Ajer

Ajer has made 129 appearances for Celtic in all competitions.

Brendan Rodgers' history with Celtic has meant Leicester have been linked with a long list of Bhoys players over the past year or so. While some of these rumours have been nonsensical, making a move for Kristoffer Ajer would be a smart piece of business.

The towering Norwegian fits the bill of the type of defender who would fit in well at the King Power Stadium. He is young and hungry with a point to prove and with his agent revealing that the 22-year-old would depart Parkhead at the end of the season, the Foxes should be monitoring the situation very closely.

He has already been capped 14 times by his country and while he dominates aerily he is also able to drive out with the ball from defence. His timing in the tackle is exemplary as well - evidenced by Ajer only receiving three yellow cards all season.

Lewis Dunk

Brighton captain Lewis Dunk has been at the club since he was a youth player, making his first team debut in 2010.

Just after they sold Harry Maguire for a world record fee, Leicester were touted to be replacing him with Lewis Dunk. They were quoted £45m by Brighton, which put the Foxes off at the time - but yet another impressive season for the Englishman may convince them to part with the cash this time around.

Dunk's composure on the ball is extraordinary. He almost acts as a deep lying playmaker for Graham Potter's side. Only four players have averaged more passes per game in the Premier League this season, making him well-suited to a Leicester team who often enjoy long spells of possession.

There's still a real chance of the Seagulls getting relegated as well, meaning Dunk could be available for a much reduced price.

Merih Demiral

Demiral on international duty with current Leicester star Caglar Soyuncu.

As if one prodigious Turkish centre-back wasn't enough, Leicester have also been linked with Caglar Soyuncu's international teammate Merih Demiral.

After impressing at Sassuolo, the 22-year-old was snapped up by Juventus last summer, but after enduring an injury plagued campaign he could be available for transfer again at the end of the season.

Demiral is the quintessential modern centre-back, reading the game with an intelligence that defies his tender years and contributing to the attacking phase with an impressive range of passing.

Leicester have already had two sizeable bids rejected by the Old Lady and may have to increase their most recent offer of £34m to sign the defender.

Nathan Aké

Aké joined Bournemouth for a club record £20m back in 2017 after a successful loan spell.

Nathan Aké is another familiar Premier League name that the Foxes were linked with after the protracted Harry Maguire saga was completed in the summer.

The Dutchman is one of the most technically proficient centre-backs in the division and makes up for his lack of height with a wicked turn of pace and intelligent reading of the game.

The Foxes were quoted a ridiculous £75m for him back in August but you can bet your house that he'll be available for a hell of a lot less if Bournemouth fail to stay up.

Saying that, with two years left to run on his current deal he would still command an inflated fee. There is definitely better value out there but as he's such a talented player, Leicester might not care.

Ben Godfrey

The versatile Godfrey is capable of playing in midfield as well as at the back.

Yes, Ben Godfrey is far from the finished article and his deficiencies have been cruelly exposed during his first ever Premier League season.

Despite this, he has shown more than enough promise to be on Leicester's radar and fits the bill of a young centre-back who might be willing to play second fiddle to Evans and Soyuncu.

The 22-year-old has racked up 26 blocks and an impressive passing accuracy despite attempting over three riskier long balls each game.

No matter how the Premier League is completed, Norwich seem nailed on to be relegated and Godfrey is likely to be tempted to extend his stay in the top flight if the opportunity presented itself.

Source : 90min