Leicester are looking to strengthen their attacking options ahead of the new season and could be set to raid their Premier League rivals Burnley.
Sky Sports have reported that the Foxes are interested in a summer swoop for Clarets winger Dwight McNeil. The 20-year-old has attracted a lot of attention in this window and Leicester will face competition from the likes of Wolves, AC Milan and Juventus.
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Brendan Rodgers’ side have secured Europa League football after an impressive run in the league last season. However, the Foxes ran out of steam towards the end of the campaign to drop out of the Champions League positions during the final couple of weeks and the Irishman is eager to bring in some new attacking personnel to boost their chances of another title race.
McNeil was a strong influence at Burnley last term, featuring in every Premier League game and notching two goals and six assists. The England youth international finished level with Ashley Westwood with the highest assists tally for the Clarets (via BBC Sport).
Sky Sports have acknowledged that, following his six-assist season, the 20-year-old has become the youngest player since Raheem Sterling to achieve 10 assists in England’s top flight.
Leicester are looking for a left-footed talisman to add to their attack and support Golden Boot winner Jamie Vardy up front. McNeil fits the description and would challenge Harvey Barnes, who is the only left-footed attacker currently on the Foxes’ roster.
Despite the 22-year-old having an impressive Premier League run with six goals and eight assists, Barnes only started in 24 of the 36 appearances that he made. On one occasion, he was reduced to a seven-minute cameo against West Ham back in December (via Transfermarkt).
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It seems as though Rodgers may not fully trust Barnes to become an ever-present figure in this Leicester side. The manager’s interest in McNeil could potentially put the Englishman’s place in the team at risk with a younger player in the same position on the radar.
Whilst an official transfer fee is yet to be revealed, McNeil’s current Transfermarkt value is £22.5m, but Burnley may demand more given his young age.
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