Filip Benkovic, Jannik Vestergaard situation explained: Leicester transfers

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – JANUARY 12: Marc Albrighton of Leicester City holds off Jannik Vestergaard of Southampton during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Southampton FC at The King Power Stadium on January 12, 2019 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Leicester City are reportedly on the verge of signing Southampton centre-back Jannik Vestergaard. Additionally, they will apparently loan Filip Benkovic to Bristol City or Derby County.

At the moment Leicester City sit near the top of the Premier League, dismantling the established order in third. How good it feels to say that.

There is also the important matter of a semi-final second leg versus Midlands rivals Aston Villa to contend with. Not to mention progressing in the FA Cup, with a fifth round draw to look forward to. Happy days at King Power Stadium.

January transfer window

So far there has been no major movements in or out of King Power Stadium for the Foxes during this January transfer window. There are only five days remaining for deals to be done, therefore expect a flourish of excitement up and down the country next week as it’s been quiet elsewhere, as well.

Brendan Rodgers made himself absolutely clear in a press conference last week, confirming that the club currently seek to sign a new centre-back.

The prospective fresh face will understudy for and, presumably, push defensive pairing Jonny Evans and Caglar Soyuncu to continue their excellent form. Additionally  Rodgers also spoke of the Foxes’ intention to loan Filip Benkovic, who hasn’t been able to impact the first team yet.

Potential new player at Leicester City

The player Leicester City are strongly linked with by national media is Southampton’s Jannik Vestergaard. At 6′ 6″  for what he lacks in speed the defender definitely makes up in imposing height.

Vestergaard also reads the game well – usually with a crunching challenge to end an opposition attack. Unless he is very flustered, he is a decent ball player too: maybe City coach Kolo Toure can intervene with that aspect if the deal occurs.

However, if Leicester do not secure a transfer for Vestergaard or another centre-half, then the proposed switch for Benkovic would also supposedly be cancelled. While Bristol Live suggest that “Bristol City and Derby County are keen on a loan move for Benkovic”.