Leicester City are reportedly in for Celtic’s Kristoffer Ajer, according to Nicolo Schira.
The 22-year, who is valued at £25 million, has also attracted interest from Premier League rivals Arsenal as well as Serie A’s AC Milan.
Primarily a centre-back, the Norway international can also operate in the midfield, which you can expect to come in handy in this era of tactical adjustments.
Although the centre-back’s contract runs till the end of 2022, his agent has already stated that he does not wish to sign an extension and will leave Glasgow this summer.
"“He will not extend his contract with Celtic and will leave this summer,” Tore Pedersen said.“There are several clubs who are interested, but I can’t go into their names. There are many who have followed him for a long period.“There are also clubs who would like to have him, but who cannot afford it. There is generally great interest in Kristoffer.”"
Ajer has already worked with Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers before. While the gaffer was at Celtic, Ajer was among the side’s top performers.
While he has been a mainstay since, he has not been the same player under Neil Lennon, which might be a case of him not wanting to play under him.
So a move to Leicester could well be on the cards. A centre-back is a priority for Rodgers, with Caglar Soyuncu the only long-term option available at the back at the club right now.
Jonny Evans, while still going well, is 32 and will need to be replaced, whereas Wes Morgan’s contract expires in June.
Then there’s Daniel Amartey and Filip Benkovic – who is currently on loan at Bristol City. The former will almost certainly be sold while the latter’s future cannot be commented upon for now.
Even if he stays, the Foxes still need at least one proper defender. Whether that’s Ajer or someone else, we will see.