Barcelona ignite transfer interest in Wilfred Ndidi

Barcelona ignite transfer interest in Wilfred Ndidi
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Wilfred Ndidi might have seen his stock drop in recent seasons, but his quality is undeniable, with his fortunes likely to change soon.

Several rumours hovered around the Leicester City midfielder over a transfer from the Foxes, with Manchester United one of the clubs interested in his services, but none materialised.

Perhaps the interested clubs were watching for consistency, but a drop in form and Leicester City's relegation did him no justice.

Following the drop of the Foxes to the Championship, the transfer rumours were again ignited, but Wilfred Ndidi remained at Leicester City.

Recent reports suggest that Barcelona are interested in the services of the midfielder as they seek a screen for their defence.

Barcelona show interest in Wilfred Ndidi

Wilfred Ndidi in action for Leicester City
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With the winter transfer window approaching, La Blaugrana is looking to fortify some positions in their squad, with a central midfielder high up on the list.

With injuries dogging Barcelona, Xavi Hernandez hopes they can he can beef up his squad in January.

With the loss of Gavi and the constant injuries to Frenkie de Jong, Barcelona are looking for a cheaper alternative due to their financial issues.

While coach Xavi prefers a Sergio Busquets-type player, sporting director Deco would rather sign a tougher midfielder with lungs like Aurelien Tchouameni.

The Portuguese have eyes on Wilfred Ndidi, who was on the radar of the Blaugrana a couple of seasons ago and has suffered his share of injuries.

Competition for the services of Wilfred Ndidi

Wilfred Ndidi has one Championship goal for the Foxes
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Barcelona do not have a straight ride for Wilfred Ndidi. It is well-catalogued that the La Liga champions do not have the financial might to go for the top players.

Juventus and Sevilla are believed to be in the running for the Super Eagles player.

The former hopes to lower their wage bill next season, and Wilfred Ndidi fits the profile of the player they want.

Deco also sees the Leicester City midfielder as a perfect fit for their current economy, and it should not be a herculean task for the Blaugrana to land their man.

Wilfred Ndidi has played 18 games for the Foxes across the Championship and the EFL Cup this season.

Wilfred Ndidi has played 15 league games and scored once. He has also scored twice in the EFL Cup.

This article was most recently revised and updated 3 months ago

Chooka Izuegbuna is a Sports Journalist with 20 years of experience in print, TV and Radio. He has worked with some of the top media houses in Nigeria, including NTA Network, Channels TV, TVC, Silverbird TV and MITV. Chooka broke his sports reporting teeth with The Game Football Weekly in 2003 as a cartoonist and reporter.