With under a month to go before the start of the Premier League season, Leicester City still have some work to do in the transfer market. The team, while filled with talent, is not nearly deep enough for the crowded schedule in the opening four months of the season. There is not much work to be done, but a couple of moves still must be completed ahead of the upcoming season.
The first move should be done to improve the defense. With the departure of N'Golo Kante in the midfield, Leicester's defense will have to be strong without the holding midfielder clogging up the middle of the park. Rather than take on the improbable task of replacing Kante directly (Nampalys Mendy is close), doing so in the aggregate will be much more efficient.
The defensive aspect of Kante's game can be filled with the acquisition of Vedran Corluka from Lokomotiv Moscow. The Croatian center-back spent the majority of his playing time during the Euros wearing a bandage or water polo cap around his head. Corluka is not afraid to challenge for the ball, whether in the air or on the ground.
His physicality and defensive prowess would fit well with Leicester's playing style. His experience as an international defender and in the Premier League with Tottenham, would also prove valuable late in the season. The price-tag for Corluka hovers around 7.5 million pounds...nothing the Foxes can't afford.
But perhaps the most unsung summer transfer for Leicester would occupy the left midfield position. After Saturday's friendly against Celtic, it appears Leicester will stick with the 4-4-2 formation. With a need to strengthen the midfield in place of Kante, Polish starlet Bartosz Kapustka could be the best fit for the Foxes.
The 19-year-old impressed at the Euros and has received interest from various Premier League clubs. With a lack of depth at left midfield behind Marc Albrighton, Kapustka could provide a viable backup and super sub in Cup matches. Kapustka.
With the versatility to play both wings and central midfield, the youngster has the potential to develop into a super star at a club like Leicester. He will likely cost around 4.5 million pounds. Here's how both Corluka and Kapustka could fit into the Leicester lineup.
The combination of Corluka and Kapustka in Leicester will certainly fill any weaknesses in the side looking to repeat as English champions. An experienced and big-body defender along with a young, quick midfielder is always dangerous. For Leicester City, Corluka and Kapustka will make a potent team just plain lethal.