Current English champions, Leicester City are prepared to sign Super Eagles player Wilfred Ndidi in January for $23.4m, but manager Claudio Ranieri said he is unaware of the deal.
According to reports out of Belgium, the transfer is subject to the granting of a work permit for the 19-year-old defensive midfielder, who will fill in the vacuum created by the departure of N’Golo Kante to Chelsea in the summer.
Leicester will splash out $18 million pounds for the versatile Ndidi, but this fee could rise to $23.4 pounds including add-ons, reports in the Belgian media stated.
The agreement is understood to be with a view to Ndidi joining Leicester City when the January transfer window opens following a successful medical, and the Nigeria international is reportedly set to sign a 5-year contract
“I can tell you it’s only speculation and I don’t talk about players coming in or going out,” said Ranieri ahead of Saturday’s trip to Sunderland. “I’m sorry, I don’t speak, and I’m only a coach. I am focused only on Saturday.
” Ndidi signed for Genk from Nathaniel Boys of Lagos after impressing during a trial and made his debut in January, 2015 as a centre-back and can also play as a right-back, but as he developed he was turned into an athletic central midfielder.
Ndidi has been capped twice by the senior Nigeria side and has played seven times for the under-20s.
Ndidi will join Nigeria team-mate Ahmed Musa at City and both will be available during the Africa Cup of Nations in January as Nigeria failed to qualify for the finals.