After falling down the pecking order at Leicester City, Daniel Amartey could be set to join a Premier League club before the transfer window closes.
Daniel Amartey has not appeared for Leicester since October 2018 due to an ankle injury he picked up in a 1-1 draw against West Ham United. Since then, Brendan Rodgers has chosen not to select the 25-year-old in his squad.
With Timothy Castagne and Cengiz Under already through the door, Amartey could be departing the Foxes.
According to Football Insider, newly-promoted Fulham has made an approach to the Foxes for the defender’s services. Leicester are looking for around £5m for the Ghanian and Scott Parker’s side have held a long-term interest.
Amartey, who can play as a right-back, centre-back and defensive midfield, was denied a move away from King Power Stadium in January and has only two years remaining on his contract. After spending two years out, he featured in the club’s pre-season, scoring against Blackburn Rovers, but is yet to appear in the opening two games of the 2020/21 season.
Arriving for £6m from FC Copenhagen mid-way through the 2015/16 title-winning campaign, Amartey has made 64 appearances for the Foxes, but is now the fifth choice in midfield.
Since Rodgers’ arrival in February 2019, he is yet to feature in a competitive match due to the quality the Northern Irishman possesses in the middle of the park. Last summer’s signing of Youri Tielemans and the re-emergence of Nempalys Mendy means Amartey has struggled to prove himself.
For Fulham, Amartey would be the ninth summer signing to arrive at Craven Cottage, with the likes of Kenny Tete, Mario Lemina, Alphonse Areola and Harrison Reed already assisting Scott Parker’s bid to stay in the Premier League. The Londoners have already lost their two opening days of the season, shipping seven goals already.
It’s a shame it hasn’t worked out for Amartey. With Ricardo Pereira, Timothy Castagne and James Justin at right-back and a full midfield, opportunities will be limited. If a move to the Cottagers materialises for £5m, the club will only lose £1m. Overall, not bad business who has only made 64 appearances in four and a half years.