Leicester transfer exclusive: what’s happening with Caglar Soyuncu

Caglar Soyuncu of Leicester City (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
Caglar Soyuncu of Leicester City (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images) /
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Caglar Soyuncu of Leicester City (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images) /

It has been no secret that Leicester City’s Caglar Soyuncu has been completely out of favour at the club for the entirety of this current season.

The Turk made only two appearances, and one of those was against Stockport in the Second Round round of the EFL cup. With the 26-year-old’s contract running out at the end of June, it is no surprise that there are some elite level clubs circling to sign the centre-back on a free transfer at the end of the campaign.

Journalist Ekrem Konur told Foxes of Leicester that Soyuncu, irrespective of whether City hold onto their Premier League status, will likely leave the East Midlands club. While there are other Premier League sides monitoring the situation, some have contacted player’s agent already.

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It is understood that the Turkish international’s preference could be La Liga, with Atletico Madrid interested. As with Youri Tielemans, in theory and according to some reports, a pre-contract expiration deal could be struck. This would ensure some payment for LCFC. But there is, of course, a chance that ‘Cags’ departs Filbert Way on a free.

Despite being such a frequent fixture in Brendan Rodgers’ side during his earlier tenure in charge of the Foxes and with the side being quite short in the centre-half position, the Leicester manager has clearly lost faith in the player. Who, only a few seasons ago, was allegedly targeted by Manchester City.

Additionally, with the signing and wonderous form of Wout Faes, it seems highly unlikely that Soyuncu will be making any memorable contributions to the team, other than the odd appearance in less meaningful cup games. Rodgers prefers the partnership of Faes and Daniel Amartey – rightly so based on defensive displays since Faes’ introduction to the team – perhaps also because of the Ghanaian’s willingness and ability to play progressive passes consistently.

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However, I’m confident that a lot of LCFC fans would have been intrigued to have seen Soyuncu alongside the big Belgian, in order to deduce whether of not the former could have potentially replicated that same energy and class which made him such a sought-after prospect. But, unfortunately, that scenario seems to now be more and more unlikely to occur.