Jordan Blackwell, who reports on Leicester City for LeicestershireLive, recently held a Q&A in which he answered readers’ questions and he spent some time talking about alleged Foxes transfer targets during the Q&A, one being Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer.
Leicester have been linked with a move for Ajer this summer. Back in May, sports journalist and football transfer market expert Nicolo Schira took to Twitter to claim that the Foxes ‘are really interested’ in the Norwegian centre-back. Schira stated that the Foxes ‘are ready to offer €20m (£18.06m)’ to sign Ajer.
During his recent Q&A for LeicestershireLive, Blackwell was asked about the Foxes’ interest in Ajer and the reporter replied to that question by dismissing the reports linking the East Midlands club with a move for the 22-year-old Celtic man, saying: “There’s no interest in Ajer, he’s never been on City’s radar.”
As per Transfermarkt, Leicester City currently have four natural centre-backs in their squad. One of them, Filip Benkovic, is yet to make a Premier League appearance for the Foxes since joining the club for £13.05m back in August 2018. He spent time on loan at Celtic in the 2018/19 season and more recently he spent from the end of January until the end of July on loan at Championship side Bristol City.
Another one of the Foxes’ centre-backs is 36-year-old Wes Morgan, whose contract is set to expire at the end of next season and at 36, he may be unlikely to have too many years of top-flight football left in him.
Would you be disappointed if Leicester City don't sign Ajer this summer?
With that in mind, it may be understandable why Leicester City have been linked with a move for a centre-back this summer and given Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers’ familiarity with Ajer from his time at Celtic, it mightn’t come as a surprise that the Foxes were linked with a move for the Norwegian, however, judging by Blackwell’s comments, there doesn’t actually appear to be any interest.
Regardless of whether or not the Foxes are interested in signing Ajer this summer, we feel that the centre of defence is an area that the Foxes could do with signing some reinforcements in this summer, especially given that Leicester played with three centre-backs in eight of their Premier League games during the 2019/20 season, according to WhoScored.