Liverpool are keen on Leicester City’s battling midfielder Wilfried Ndidi.
Thats according to journalist Ajibade Olusesan, who writes for Nigeria’s top newspaper New Telegraph.
He claims that Liverpool are willing to ‘break the bank’ for the 21-year-old, who has taken very well to the Premier League since arriving from Genk in 2016.
Since N’Golo Kante’s departure, Ndidi has been the destructive central force for the Foxes, making more tackles/90 than any other player in the top flight.
New Telegraph suggest it could require a £54m transfer fee to secure Ndidi, but former Nigerian international Etim Esin thinks that cost will eventually prove a bargain.
“I can’t remember the last time we had a Nigerian in Liverpool apart from Victor Moses’ brief stint there. This is going to be a fantastic move for him and I think his transfer fee is likely going to go up because it could happen shortly after the World Cup,” he said.
“Ndidi has been doing well at Leicester; he is regarded as one of the best midfielders in the EPL now and should command that kind of transfer. I don’t think he will struggle at Liverpool, he is a player made for big club like that and with the role he plays, there is no way he will be sitting on the bench there. He’s certainly not going to be like Kelechi iheanacho who moved to Leicester to become an option to Jamie Vardy; I see Ndidi walking straight into that Liverpool’s side.”
Ndidi does an awful lot of good defensive work and will add a significant amount of energy centrally, especially with Naby Keita already confirmed to arrive at the end of the season.
The Nigerian is not a great passer, and we can already see the accusations of him only playing it sideways and backwards, but off the ball, he’s terrific.
With Emre Can leaving, a naturally defensive prospect like Ndidi could be a terrific addition.