Chelsea are said to have expressed an interest in signing Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi if they find themselves needing midfield reinforcements this summer.
While the centre of the park is currently one of the Blues’ strongest positions, that could change as both Jorginho and N’Golo Kanté have been linked with moves away from Stamford Bridge, and losing either would obviously leave Chelsea needing a high-profile replacement.
Now, here’s where the fun starts. The English media, such as the Leicester Mercury, have picked up reports which supposedly stem from Mundo Deportivo and claim that Chelsea are one of several sides keen on landing Ndidi this summer.
The Nigerian is said to be valued at £40m and could fill the void left by either Jorginho or Kanté, but the problem is that no report from MD actually exists online.
Every outlet sourcing back to D links to the homepage of the website, and some even choose to link to the only real mention of Chelsea’s interest in Ndidi which comes from the latest rumour spinners, Todo Fichajes.
That report is where you’ll find Chelsea’s name mentioned, and the Blues only come up in a passing comment at the end of the article, which is primarily focused on Real Madrid’s interest in the Nigerian anyway.
Mundo Deportivo do touch on Real’s interest in Ndidi, but there is no mention of Chelsea in the discussion whatsoever, only that ‘several Premier League teams’ are keeping an eye on him. Manchester United and Arsenal have been linked in the past.
While there’s no denying that Ndidi would be a nice addition to Chelsea’s squad if Frank Lampard finds himself needing reinforcements, there really doesn’t seem to be much to this story. It seems like something has been lost in translation.
Even if Chelsea’s interest is true, the idea of Leicester selling for £40m seems a little far-fetched. The 23-year-old, who is under contract until 2024, has been hugely impressive at the base of Leicester’s midfield, so why the Foxes would feel the need to panic and sell him for cheap is anyone’s guess.
With nothing concrete to go on, fans probably shouldn’t get their hopes up about this one just yet.