Leicester and Aston Villa to fight for defensive transfer target

Leicester City's King Power Stadium (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
Leicester City's King Power Stadium (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images) /
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Leicester City’s King Power Stadium (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images) /

If reports are to be believed, Premier League clubs Leicester City and Aston Villa will battle it out for a defensive transfer target during the summer.

According to reports, the Foxes have now joined their Midlands rivals in eyeing a move for Rangers defender Filip Helander. The 27-year-old is an important player for his home country Sweden. And of course he was integral as the Glasgow outfit won the Scottish Premier League title this season.

Helander is a left-footed centre-back, skilled players in that role are desirable for all teams, especially those sides that play with three centre-halves – as Leicester do presently. Although, with Turkey international Caglar Soyuncu, in form leader Jonny Evans and up-and-coming starlet Wesley Fofana, LCFC are stacked in that area.

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Helander’s style of play is combative, as Birmingham Mail‘s quoting of Gennaro Gattuso – himself a lethal tackler – suggests:

"“I’m not saying he’ll [Helander will] find it easy in Scotland because it’s not an easy league to play in.“But he has the right mentality to be successful there. He is very focused, very determined. He is also the kind of player who likes to fight.”"

FA Cup semi-final for Leicester City

Now for some much-anticipated details about the upcoming cup clash with Southampton. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side are not to be underestimated; despite two 9-0 losses in the division to Leicester and Manchester United in recent times they have some excellent technicians such as James Ward-Prowse.

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And both of their first choice goalkeepers – it’s an odd one to have two, to be fair – can pull off a blinder on their day. Yet the Foxes will be confident of progression to their fifth all-time final versus the Saints. Leicester will play Southampton on Sunday April 18 at 6:30pm at Wembley Stadium. British viewers can watch the match live on BT Sport.