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Leicester City: Diego Llorente is an emerging target for Brendan Rodgers

Leicester City: Diego Llorente is an emerging target for Brendan Rodgers

Leicester City are set to step up their efforts to sign Spanish international Diego Llorente, according to reports in the Mirror (November 6, page 51) via HITC.

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The Real Sociedad defender has played nine games this season, contributing to his side reaching third place in the division.

The Mirror states that the Foxes could be ready to pay £45m for the 26-year-old.

The Leicester Mercury reported on November 2 that Brendan Rodgers remains keen on signing a defender – despite Caglar Soyuncu’s impressive form – to make sure that the squad has enough depth for when Wes Morgan’s time is up at the King Power.

Within the article, Josh Williams writes that Leicester could target the Spaniard, describing him as “cultured technically”, and a player who would have no problem with Rodgers’ “proactive possession instructions”.

At this current moment, you do wonder whether purchasing a centre back who is going to expect first-team football would be such a wise idea. The Foxes boast the best defence in the division after 11 games, conceding just eight goals with Caglar Soyuncu and Jonny Evans playing every single match.

That leaves the question of who should get dropped for Llorente? Experienced Jonny Evans does a lot for leadership in what is a young defence, while Soyuncu has been sensational this season. According to WhoScored, Soyuncu’s 11 games have warranted a 7.25/10 average match rating, while Evans is still a high 6.97.

Soyuncu is young at 23 and is benefitting hugely from this regular exposure to football, while Evans at 31 is debatably at the peak age for a commanding centre half.

Signing Diego Llorente could show that Leicester really mean business, but with everything going so well for them at the moment they will be wary of disrupting the rhythm and morale of the squad.

Wes Morgan is still likely to be sticking around until the end of the season, so they are hardly in urgent need of a centre-back.

They could be better off waiting until the end of the season before deciding to spend £45m on him, which could then see him come in as the long-term successor for Morgan, who despite his legendary status at the club is certainly past his best.

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