Leicester City and AS Monaco are set to continue their healthy relationship with Adrien Silva ready to undergo a medical to join the Ligue 1 club on loan, reports suggest.
The Portuguese midfielder is ready to go back to the French club after spending the second half of last season on loan at the club, according to John Percy at the Telegraph.
This is set to be the third transaction between the two clubs this summer, with Youri Tielemans joining the Foxes and Islam Slimani going the other way on loan.
A report from The Sun states that manager Brendan Rodgers has been keen to get the midfielder off the books, with Silva now being deemed surplus to requirements at the King Power following the arrivals of Tielemans, Dennis Praet and the emergence of Hamza Choudhury.
The 30-year-old cost Leicester £22m in 2017, however, he has struggled to get into the first-team fold throughout his career at the club.
Adrien Silva has struggled to get game time at Leicester, only making 14 league appearances for the club (as per Transfermarkt), therefore there’s no surprise to see Rodgers want to get him off the wage bill.
Indeed, there is no need to keep a player who is not getting in the side at aged 30 – especially when he’s earning the joint third highest wage bill the club with an alleged £80,000-per-week (Spotrac).
Leicester are stocked within the central midfield positions, and only tend to play one holding midfielder since Rodgers has arrived at the club, favouring a 4-1-4-1 – as used in his opening two this season and many in the last (Transfermarkt).
In that holding role, the Foxes have Ndidi (22), Choudhury (21) and Mendy (27) who are all higher in the pecking order and all younger.
Even if Silva was impressive while on loan at Monaco last year, his defensive stats don’t compare to Ndidi’s – who played every single game for Leicester last season.
Ndidi had made more tackles per match (3.8 to 3.3), more interceptions per match (2.2 to 1.1), made less fouls per match (1.2 to 1.5), more clearances per match (2.1 to 1.5), let less dribbles past him per match (1.3 to 2.1) and made more blocks per match (0.2 to 0.1), according to WhoScored, showing that there is really no need to make room for the Portuguese player when they already have someone doing an excellent job.
For every party involved, this looks like the right deal. Indeed, Leicester may have preferred a permanent sale, but getting him off (even partly) the wage bill could ultimately be very important for the club considering what he’s on and how he would not play.
With the midfielder recently stating how he’s found the move to England difficult to adjust to after the registration mishap (Leicestershire Live), it is been made abundantly clear that he’d rather play his football elsewhere – both for his family and for himself.
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