Leicester City must keep this midfielder despite PSG interest

Wilfried Ndidi, Leicester City (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)
Wilfried Ndidi, Leicester City (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images) /

The French giants have shown interest in Ndidi as they look to strengthen their midfield, however, Leicester should not sell him

It’s at the early stages, but according to ESPN, Paris-Saint Germain has identified Leicester City standout Wilfred Ndidi as a possible midfield reinforcement this summer. The 23-year old has been a crucial part of the Foxes success this term where they currently sit in a Champions League spot.

PSG brought in Idrissa Gueye and Leandro Paredes last summer to bolster their squad in the middle of the pitch, however, the French side still believes they need a strong, physical, holding midfielder. Given Ndidi’s style of play, Sporting Director Leonardo sees him as a perfect fit.

Ndidi is currently valued at around 45-50 million euros, which is by no means too expensive for PSG to swoop in and try to make a move. However, there will be substantially fewer transfers this summer due to Coronavirus. A swap deal could be an option with a player going to Leicester City in exchange for Ndidi.

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At this point, there haven’t been any advanced negotiations between the two clubs regarding the Nigerian’s services. He still has four years left on his contract as well, but PSG could definitely try to sway Brendan Rodgers’ side with an attractive amount of money for the player.

But considering how important Ndidi is to Leicester City, there is absolutely no way the club should even consider letting him move on. He made 23 appearances in the Premier League this season, with 20 in the starting eleven.

Ndidi usually plays as a defensive midfielder, but depending on the formation, the Nigerian can also play in a more attacking role. No matter where he played this year though, Ndidi was a workhorse for the Foxes.

He was third in the Premier League in tackles, registering 91, an average of over three tackles per match. Ndidi isn’t afraid to put his body on the line in order to win the ball which is a crucial trait to have at his position.

Skill-wise, he’s very good with both feet and has the ability to spray the ball all over the pitch. Defensively, the youngster is also great at anticipating the game. He ranked second in England with 61 interceptions this season, a testament to his wonderful football IQ.

In Rodger’s system, the fullbacks tend to press higher up on the wings, so there have been many times where Ndidi is responsible for defending oppositions in crucial situations. He is always reliable when this happens thanks to his tremendous defensive skills and pace.

He may not score many goals, but Ndidi’s job as a feisty player who is a physical presence while also linking the backline and attackers is just as important as any. Without him in top form this season, Leicester City would not be in third place. Ndidi is a world-class number six who has proven to be one of the best at his craft in England’s top flight.

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It’s no surprise that the Nigerian international is one of PSG’s top midfield targets. He’s dominating in the best league in the world; there’s no telling what he could accomplish in France. But no matter what offers are put on the table in the near future, Leicester City must keep Wilfred Ndidi.