Leicester City are prioritizing a summer swoop for Burnley starlet Dwight McNeil, with Brendan Rodgers keen on signing a left winger.
According to Fichajes, Leicester City have set their sights on Dwight McNeil. The 21-year-old Burnley winger has emerged as one of their main targets as Brendan Rodgers hopes to add more quality out wide. The player is valued at around €25 million, though Leicester may have to make a sale in order to afford a new signing.
It appears Rodgers is concerned about his team’s lack of depth at left wing. Harvey Barnes still remains the only viable option in that position, with alternatives like Ayoze Perez or James Maddison preferring to play more centrally.
McNeil should, therefore, be a smart investment as he is regarded as one of the most exciting wingers among the lower end teams of the Premier League. A product of the Manchester United youth academy, the English attacker has steadily established himself as a reliable and experienced wide player, with over 100 competitive appearances for Burnley.
His tally of 7 goals and 16 assists in 107 appearances might not be particularly eye-catching. But those figures have come playing for a Burnley side that flirt with relegation almost every season. And one can imagine a switch to Leicester City drastically improving the youngster’s productivity.
At the King Power Stadium, McNeil could be an excellent competitor and a potential long-term replacement for Barnes. For a fee of just €25 million, he is a far cheaper alternative than another top target in Domenico Berardi and has Premier League experience to go with it as well, making him a smart option for Leicester.
However, offloading at least one star player could be a challenging ask for Leicester City. In a campaign where they are hoping to push for the Champions League places, Rodgers certainly cannot afford to lose any of his star players.
Fortunately for the Leicester City boss, Maddison’s potential move to Arsenal is most likely dead in the water after the Gunners brought in Martin Odegaard on a permanent deal.
Another potential selling candidate for the Foxes is Hamza Choudhury. The young midfielder has been reportedly courted by Newcastle United. A move might potentially bode well for all parties involved, especially after Leicester City had brought in Boubacary Soumare from French champions LOSC Lille, earlier this summer.