Following the success of Wesley Fofana this season, it isn’t surprising to see Leicester City once again named alongside a young French defender.
The player is Ismaël Doukouré, currently under contract at Valenciennes in Ligue 2, and there’s a strong chance this will be the 17-year-old’s last season with the club.
Breaking into the first-team and impressing, the player is being watched by almost every club under the sun, including Everton and Leicester, who were already linked two weeks ago.
Barcelona, Juventus, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Arsenal are just a few in the list of clubs published by La Voix des Sports on Monday who are competing with the Foxes and the Toffees for the player’s services going forward.
Recently equalling their record sale with Kevin Cabral’s transfer to LA Galaxy, Valenciennes are fairly certain it won’t last long, with Doukouré expected to top that in the near future.
Not by much, mind, since Covid-19 and the financial crisis it has caused hasn’t exactly helped the Ligue 2 side, and La Voix des Sports reckon the club’s owner, Eddy Zdziech, will ask for around €6-8m to open talks for his prodigy.
That’s a fee that is easily attainable for both Leicester and Everton, who despite the economic struggles, will still have a fair chunk to spend in the summer thanks to their Premier League money.
Any purchase of Doukouré by Carlo Ancelotti or Brendan Rodgers certainly wouldn’t be for the immediate future, although with the way things have gone for Fofana, never say never.