Published:4 May 2021
Real Madrid and Manchester United are also interested in bringing in a defensive midfielder. Both teams are keeping a close eye on Leicester City's Wilfred Ndidi, according to Spanish outlet Fichajes. Over the last few seasons, the Nigerian international has piqued the interest of a slew of European giants.
Wilfred Ndidi has established himself as one of the best defensive midfielders in the Premier League since joining the club in 2017.
Leicester City signed Wilfred Ndidi to replace N'Golo Kante, who had left the Premier League champions to join Chelsea. Since then, the Nigerian has been one of Brendon Rodgers' first names on the team sheet.
Nemanja Matic, a seasoned CDM at Manchester United, is in his late thirties, while Paul Pogba is a creative power, and Fred prefers a more box-to-box position.
Wilfred Ndidi, for example, could play in that spot for Manchester United, allowing players like Pogba and Fred to move further forward and join the attack.
On the other hand, Real Madrid has for a long time relied on Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Casemiro. The three don't seem to be getting any younger. This means that, in comparison to Manchester United, Real Madrid needs a young midfielder even more. Ndidi will be a natural match for Los Blancos, an ageing midfield and players like Valverde and Isco, who are inconsistent.
Real Madrid and Manchester United aren't the only clubs interested in Leicester City defensive midfielder James Maddison. The Nigerian is also rumoured to be on the radar of Paris Saint-Germain.
Wilfred Ndidi's price has yet to be determined by Leicester City. The Nigerian international, however, is priced at €50 million by the transfer market. This means that Real Madrid, Manchester United, and PSG will have to invest a lot of money to secure Ndidi's services.
However, for the clubs concerned, this may be a long-term commitment. Ndidi, who is only 24, has already made 171 appearances for Leicester City. The Nigerian has also represented his country in the Champions League and Europa League with the Foxes.