As the transfer season approaches a swift end, clubs across Europe are racing to secure ongoing deals and keep hold of heavily needed talent. Meanwhile, the teams of the Premier League have set their sights on a late talent, and look to swoop.
Reports from Belgian outlet Het Laatste Nieuws suggest that Leicester City, as well as scouts from both Manchester clubs, are competing to secure the signature of young and upcoming striker Emmanuel Bonaventure from Club Brugge.
Furthermore, the same source believes that the scouts were in attendance to see the 19-year-old starlet from Nigeria display his skills and abilities during the Belgian side’s Europa League encounter with AEK Athens on Thursday.
Bonaventure joined the side after his transfer from Ukrainian side Zorya Luhansk for a modest sum of £1 million. Having netted 6 goals in 22 appearances, coupled with his brilliant talent on the pitch, he has already attracted serious interest from top clubs in Europe.
The Foxes will be eager to sign the player, already having secured the services of Manchester City youth product Kelechi Iheanacho.
Craig Shakespeare and company seem eager to rebuild the side which shocked the world by clinching the Premier League title in 2015. However, last season’s title defense proved to be pathetic, and now, the Foxes are targeting young and rising talent to ensure the future of the club.
If he does join the King Power stadium, he’ll have the opportunity of linking up with compatriots, Ahmed Musa, Wilfred Ndidi, and the aforementioned Kelechi Iheanacho. However, if the giants of Manchester truly are interested, then Leicester might find themselves in trouble.
With both the clubs sporting immense financial power, Brugge will find it hard to not sell the player to England for a hefty sum. Moreover, the youngster himself will be eager to seal such a move to take the next step in his career, and Manchester is as good a destination for footballing talent as any other.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
A writer trying to craft the poetry within football. Purpose in life is to Make Good Art.