Leicester City defender Caglar Soyuncu is reported to be considering his future with the Foxes following interest from Serie A giants Juventus.
Soyuncu has been revelation since arriving at Leicester back in 2018. However reports are claiming this season could be his last as rival clubs show an interest. And the chance to play for Juve could be too tempting to turn down.
The 25-year-old is no stranger to the rumour mill. Both Chelsea and Manchester United have been linked in the past as have Barcelona. Indeed only last summer Barca were linked with a move. At the time it was claimed they saw a resemblance to club legend Carles Puyol.
Barcelona’s name has been mentioned again and a transfer scramble could be on the cards.
Leicester could cash in
Leicester have always managed to fight off the interest and will need to do so again. This time it could be harder though. Soyuncu will soon be into the last 12 months of his contract and has yet to pen a new one.
There is also a suggestion that Leicester may be open to cashing in. This summer would represent their best chance of selling for big money.
The January window would also be an option but a deal is likely to happen before then. A transfer fee in the region of £42m has been touted and could tempt the Foxes to sell.
Chelsea are also keeping an eye on the situation and could swoop when they are able to. Some reports have gone as far as suggesting a deal between the two clubs has been agreed in principle.
The Turkish ace will not be short of options and another one is Juventus. The Bianconeri are in the hunt for a new central defender and Soyuncu has emerged as a target.
Soyuncu has options
The Italian media say that talks have already started between the two clubs over a summer switch. Juve are also keen on Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger and are weighing up both options.
Soyuncu will have to decide whether he wants to stay in England or head to a new league. Some say he wants to stay in the Premier League but the chance to head to Juve or Barca would be tempting.
The Foxes have plenty to sort out at the end of the season. Soyuncu is not the only player who could leave. Youri Tielemans is in the same boat with Arsenal and Liverpool both keen.
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West Brom’s transfer stance revealed as Rangers & Norwich plot move for player
West Brom are open to selling Cedric Kipre in the summer transfer window as Norwich City and Rangers monitor the defender.
The centre-back joined Albion from Wigan in 2020 but he has struggled to establish himself as a regular since, which is why he went on loan to Charleroi last season.
Whilst he has been more involved this campaign, making 14 league appearances, it’s been clear for some time that Steve Bruce had plenty of players ahead of Kipre in the pecking order.
Therefore, it’s perhaps no surprise that Birmingham Live have revealed that Albion are willing to let the 25-year-old go in the upcoming window as they look to reshape the squad.
The update states that the Baggies want to recoup the £1m fee they spent to bring Kipre to the Hawthorns, with Norwich City and Rangers thought to be admirers of the former Motherwell man.
If a permanent move can’t be agreed, it’s believed another temporary exit is also possible, so there’s every chance Kipre will leave West Brom before the new season starts.
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This would make a lot of sense because the reality is that Albion are well-stocked for options at centre-back and it’s an area Bruce still wants to strengthen further in the summer.
Kipre isn’t going to be part of his plans moving forward, so an exit would suit all parties as he really needs to be playing regularly at this stage of his career.
Joining either Rangers or Norwich would be a good move for the player and he will hope their interest results in a formal bid over the coming weeks.
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Opinion: Wigan Athletic should look elsewhere amid recent transfer links
Having secured promotion to the Championship, it looks set to be a busy summer ahead for Wigan Athletic.
The Latics had an excellent League One campaign, being crowned champions of the division, but will need re-enforcements if they are to remain a second-tier side beyond next season.
The summer has not even arrived yet, but still the transfer rumours are beginning to swirl.
The latest man to be linked with a move to the DW Stadium is Sheffield Wednesday striker Lee Gregory.
That’s according to the Daily Mail, who name Wigan as one of a few clubs interested in securing the forward’s services.
Whilst Gregory certainly had a good campaign in League One – particularly in the latter stages, Wigan Athletic should avoid bringing him to the club this summer.
Not as prolific
Despite his 16 goals in the third tier this campaign, the Latics would be best served looking elsewhere, with Gregory having previously shown that he is not as prolific at Championship level as he is in League One.
In 183 second-tier appearances across five seasons, Gregory has scored just 40 goals – an average of eight goals per season.
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Comparing this to his numbers in League One – 51 goals in 114 appearances across three seasons – there is a clear drop off from his third-tier average of 17 per season.
That’s perhaps what you’d expect given the leap in abilities between the two leagues, but with Wigan having just been promoted, his inability to carry his goals into the division above should be a concern.
As should Gregory’s age considering that Wigan would be required to pay a transfer fee to secure his services this summer.
Gregory has one year left on his deal at Hillsborough, and given that he turns 34-years-old in August, Wigan should be reluctant to pay a transfer fee for a player of his age.
It isn’t like Sheffield Wednesday are going to let him leave the club on the cheap given that they could really do with his goals in League One once again next season.
Paying any sort of significant transfer fee makes even less sense when you consider the players that the Latics already have on their books.
Leam Richardson used two strikers for the most part in the latter stages of the campaign, with a front two of Will Keane and Callum Lang racking up an impressive 41 goals between them in League One.
With those two also notching sixteen assists between them, Wigan Athletic would surely be best served once again going with that combination in the Championship next season.
For all of the above reasons, Wigan should steer clear of Lee Gregory amid the current transfer links.