It may surprise you which Leicester star Barcelona want

FC Barcelona, Leicester City badges (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images)
FC Barcelona, Leicester City badges (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images) /

The emerging Leicester City star that Barcelona apparently want to sign in the transfer window may surprise and worry you a little bit.

What a season for Leicester City. If 2019/20 wasn’t cut short by the coronavirus pandemic, then Brendan Rodgers would be guiding his Foxes team to what feels like a Premier League revolution. Or at least evolutionary realignment for the prominent few clubs.

Within Leicester’s quest for rebranding as a ‘big six’ English top-flight side, lies a fateful element: established juggernauts can poach their players or plant seeds of revolt. Witnessed with Riyad Mahrez.

The latter approach wasn’t taken directly by admirers of the Algerian like Arsenal, nor his eventual suitor in Manchester City. Though the East Midlanders’ best ever modern winger’s head was undoubtedly turned. We all know what happened for around two years afterwards: Mahrez embarrassed himself by going AWOL and flaunting himself in an imaginary shop window like a chastised toddler.

Hopefully the squad have learned from that incident not to sign lengthy, lucrative fresh contracts with clubs whom value their services. That is, unless they intend on honouring said deals. Which brings us to an equally admirable yet worryingly wowing transfer rumour.

Barcelona want Leicester City star

You’ll regularly hear people say in pub-style chatter – when pubs existed, that is – that Caglar Soyuncu is a ‘beast’ of a centre-half. Oh how true that eloquent statement is. But it does no justice to the Turk’s actual refinement.

Soyuncu is already a master, not just with regard to ferociously winning the ball by air or land. No, he is also a deftly skilled ball player who can evade and emasculate an opponent through thought and technique under severe pressure.

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Those traits are wonderful for a centre-back – an artist of a defender. Sadly that means the sharks will circle our smaller area of the sea: Barcelona are reportedly ready to bid around €55 million for Soyuncu as a potential replacement for 33-year-old Gerard Pique. Real Madrid, Chelsea and Bayern Munich are also mentioned by Spanish outlet Don Balon as monitoring the Leicester City star.