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AFCON star Boubakar Kouyate linked with Leicester City

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Leicester City is said to be monitoring Mali defender Boubakar Kouyate. The Foxes are considering the possibility of bringing him to their team on a loan deal.

This is according to the news coming from the Sun. As per reports Leicester ideally was impressed with Boubakar Kouyate’s performance for Mali in the AFCON.

The Foxes are having a poor season according to their recent standards. Meanwhile, injuries in defence have been one of the biggest issues, with Leicester trying to fix it by signing Boubakar Kouyate.

ROCK AT THE BACK

The 24-year-old Boubakar Kouyate only made his appearance in the French top league in the 2020/21 season. Since then he has featured 45 times for FC Metz across all competitions.

Nicknamed “Kiki”, Kouyate has been impressive in the defence. He is very strong in aerial duels and is an excellent interceptor of the ball.

His defensive ability was on show during the ongoing AFCON cup. Boubakar Kouyate’s Mali side topped the group stages, though lost out in the round of 16 on penalty shootout.

Such strong performance means that there is interest in the signature of Boubakar Kouyate. Apart from Leicester City, Aston Villa and Lyon are looking to sign the centre-back.

LEICESTER WANTS BOUBAKAR KOUYATE

While reports suggest that Leicester are looking for a loan deal. However, Metz is pushing for a permanent transfer with Boubakar Kouyate valued at £16 million.  

Leicester is having a poor season, with the club currently sitting 10th in the Premier League table. Meanwhile, defence is a particular area of concern, with the club already letting in 37 goals in the league.

Bringing in Kouyate before the end of the winter transfer window could help in fixing it to an extent. With interest in the defender increasing from different clubs, Leicester will have to act fast to land their target.

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