Leicester are worried Arsenal and Manchester United will lure midfield ace Wilfred Ndidi away from the King Power Stadium. Ndidi has been branded “the new N’Golo Kante ” after his stunning turn in performances have flung the Foxes up the Premier League table. The central midfielder snubbed the Gunners’ advances in the summer before the Foxes pushed through a deal in January, but could reopen their interest when the window opens. Leicester signed the Nigerian for £17m from Genk to fill the hole left by omnipresent Kante – who joined Chelsea in the summer.
The Foxes have risen from the relegation zone to 13th after four straight league wins, which has got the Gunners, United, Southampton and Bundesliga side Hamburg whipping their cheque books out. Ndidi scored his second Leicester goal against Stoke at the weekend to add some extra numbers to his price tag and boss Craig Shakespeare admits. “Our recruitment department take a real pat on the back for that. We did a lot of homework on him and I think we were one of the first clubs, if not the first, to show an interest in him,” he said. “I think he, and his family and agent, remembered that so we were in the driving seat. When other clubs came in for him he remembered the way we went about it first. He had other options.