While Leicester City bolstered their first-team squad in the summer in pretty much all areas of the pitch, they also tried to bring a player in for the future.
The likes of Jannik Vestergaard, Ryan Bertrand, Patson Daka and Boubakary Soumaré were all bought to help Brendan Rodgers in the immediate, but their pursuit of Mohamed Ali-Cho wasn’t.
That’s because he’s 17 years of age, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t already impacting in the top league, as the forward has already made 11 appearances for Angers SCO this season, scoring two goals in the process.
Knowing England well from his four and a half years in Everton’s youth system between 2015 and 2020, Ali-Cho has caught the eye of many clubs around Europe with his mature performances, including Leicester.
L’Equipe are the ones reporting it, with it claimed the France U21 international could be convinced to choose to represent Morocco, who are doing everything to convince him to snub the chance of playing under Didier Deschamps down the line.
That’s not what interests us, however, as the article also claims that Saïd Chabanne, Angers’ president, has the ‘very ambitious objective’ of selling him for €40m next summer.
This is when the French newspaper reveal the player had ‘arouse the interest’ of Leicester City and RB Leipzig last summer.
Nothing came of it, obviously, but it’s now clear how much the Foxes will need to spend if they are to get the youngster, who is clearly highly rated all around the world and especially at Angers, where he is under contract until 2023.
He is also the youngest player in French history to sign a professional deal, doing so last year.