Leicester City forward Fousseni Diabate does not have an option to make his loan deal permanent at the end of his loan spell at Amiens, according to reports.
Diabate was allowed to join French side Amiens on the deadline day of the European window.
It’s said that ‘everything was done according to the rules’ which therefore allowed for the deal to take place.
Amiens, Leicester and Diabate will be delighted that this deal has been able to get over the line as it is within the interest of all three.
For Leicester, it is not the biggest loss considering that he wasn’t a significant player for the club and has struggled to get into the team. Furthermore, considering his age, it probably suits Leicester to not have an option to buy within the loan deal as it can be difficult to find an appropriate value for the player when he has rarely played.
Brendan Rodgers has essentially confirmed this in a recent interview with the Leicester Mercury (via The Boot Room), saying: “I’d seen a bit of [Diabate]… I’d done my homework on him. It’s one of those where he is a talent, but there are others ahead of him.
“You can only have so many. We’ve got Harvey [Barnes], Demarai [Gray] and Marc Albrighton.”
Overall it’s a good deal for all parties it seems. Diabate will be expected to get the chance to play regularly in another European league following his loan spell at Sivasspor in the Turkish Super Lig last season, which should help his development as a player.
If he does well, then he could have a better resale value when he returns to Leicester; if he doesn’t, then it’s hardly as if they would have made a huge loss on him.
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