The decision by the technical study group of Confederation of African Football (CAF) to name Leicester City midfielder, Wilfred Onyinyen Ndidi man of the match in Nigeria’s opening game at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations, last Saturday against Burundi, has sent fresh summer transfer speculation swirling round the player.
Ndidi had all along been touted as a suitable entry into the mainframe at Arsenal of England, where the position of a holding midfielder appears to be available, but Leicester insist the former Racing Genk of Belgium star is not for sale.
However, The Foxes may now have a very steep battle on their hands, following a sterling role by Ndidi in Nigeria’s 1-0 victory against Burundi in the first match of Group B at AFCON 2019.
Although many pundits and fans reckoned that the best player award for that game should have gone to either the lone goal scorer, Odion Jude Ighalo or the man with the super assist, Ola Aina, CAF’s study group gave it to Ndidi instead, thereby turning fresh focus on the battler.
A report by allnigeriasoccer.com adds that Ndidi has been linked with Manchester United and Liverpool, which has caused discomfort at King Power Stadium, where officials remember how the exit of N’Golo Kante to Chelsea spelt doom for their mid-section and they had a sordid EPL title defence in 2017, just a season after stunning winning the prize.
Consequently, worry is spreading at Leicester over the future of the Nath Boys Football Academy of Lagos product, though no official bid has been submitted by any club for the dark-skinned youngster, who is said to be valued in the region of €60m.
Ndidi’s contract with Leicester is meant to run until June 30, 2024 and the club fear they would not be able to sign a capable replacement for him, because there are few players with the kind of qualities the Super Eagles star possesses, and anyone within that category will not be cheap.