Leicester City have agreed to sign Nigeria star, Wilfred Ndidi in January for a reported 15 million pounds, a figure which could rise up to 18.6 million pounds.
According to reports, the transfer is subject to the granting of a work permit for the midfielder, who is expected to fill in the vacuum created by the departure of N’golo Kante to Chelsea in the summer.
The agreement is understood to be with a view to Ndidi joining City when the January transfer window opens following a successful medical, and the Nigeria international is reportedly set to sign a five-year contract.
“I can tell you it’s only speculation and I don’t talk about players coming in or going out,” said Coach Claudio Ranieri ahead of Saturday’s trip to Sunderland.
“I’m sorry, I don’t speak, I’m only a coach. I am focused only on Saturday.”
The Premier League champions are languishing in 14th place on the table after managing to win only three of their matches this season.
Ndidi signed for Genk from Nathaniel Boys of Lagos after impressing during a trial and made his debut in January, 2015 as a centre-back and can also play as a right-back, but as he developed he was turned into an athletic central midfielder. Ndidi has been capped twice by the senior Nigeria side and has played seven times for the under-20s.
Ndidi, 19, started out as a central defender, before being converted to a midfielder by Genk, a position he has now excelled in
He will join Nigeria team-mate Ahmed Musa at City and both will be available during the Africa Cup of Nations in January as Nigeria failed to qualify for the finals.Please subscribe to our newsletter