With the Euro 2016 coming to an end, clubs around the world got a chance to see how some of the top European players performed. Leicester City has certainly been paying attention could be making a few moves in the coming weeks to strengthen the squad. Some of those players on the Foxes’ wish list were recently showcased at the continental tournament.
Ragnar Sigurdsson: FK Krasnodar, CB, Iceland
Oh yes, the wonderful Viking boys from Iceland captured the hearts of millions as they made the most improbable run to the Euro quarterfinals. Defense was key for Iceland throughout the tournament, faltering only against the prolific French attack.
Leicester are thin on defense and might look to add someone like Sigurdsson to the backline. At 30 years young, Sigurdsson has been a solid defender throughout his career and at a price of just over £5 million, the Icelandic international seems a suitable fit for the Foxes.
Robbie Brady: Norwich City, LB, Republic of Ireland
Another cinderella story at the Euros was Ireland, also falling at the hands of France. Falling 2-1 to the hosts, ROI led for about an hour before the wheels fell off, and scoring the opening goal was Brady from the spot.
Just 24 years old, the left back could be looking to move from the recently relegated Norwich City. Similar to a number of Leicester’s current players, Brady was a Manchester United Academy product. Available for a similar figure as Sigurdsson, Brady might be a better investment given his experience in the Premier League.
Hal Robson-Kanu: Unattached, LW, Wales
Another miracle tale out of the Euros, Wales made it all the way to the semifinals before bowing out to Portugal. With stars like Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey expected to perform, Robson-Kanu emerged as the star for Wales; scoring two goals in five matches.
Currently unattached after his contract with Reading expired, Robson-Kanu has drawn interest from other Premier League clubs and could be used at a depth role for Leicester. As a left wing, Robson-Kanu could be used in both the 4-4-2 and the 4-3-3 formations, making him a valuable asset for the Foxes.
Nikola Kalinic: Fiorentina, ST, Croatia
Croatia shocked group-mate Spain with a last-gasp goal on Matchday 3 to win Group D. Falling to Portugal in the Round of 16, Croatia is on the rise and looks to be returning to prominence. Striker Nikola Kalinic took over for the underperforming Mario Mandzukic, scoring once and adding an assist.
Kalinic is currently at Fiorentina, a club that looks to be heading in the wrong direction. The last time Leicester brought in a Croatian striker, Andrej Kramaric underwhelmed.
The difference between Kalinic and Kramaric: the former plays in one of the top five leagues in the world while the latter came out of the Croatian league. The pricetags, however, will be similar, possibly drawing Leicester away from bidding £11 million for Kalinic.
There are a couple other stars outside of Euro 2016 that have captured Leicester’s interest and could be moving to the King Power Stadium. He’s a look at those names...
Luan: Gremio (BRA), ST/LW, Brazil
One of Leicester’s possible transfer dark-horses, Luan is one of the brightest young stars in the Brazilian Serie A. Currently the top scorer for Gremio, Luan has scored five times in 12 matches with one assist. Discipline has been a problem for the youngster, already receiving four yellow cards.
The Leicester Mercury is reporting that there is interest from Leicester City and the Foxes are expected to bid £15m for the striker. Leicester is thought to be aiming to possibly complete a deal for Luan before he begins his Olympic campaign with Brazil U-23.
Michael Keane: Burnley, CB, England
Another attempt to bolster the backline could come in the form of a bid for Michael Keane. The defender was a major contributor to Burnley’s Championship title last season and remains under contract with Clarets until 2018.
Primarily a center-back, Keane can also play at right-back if needed. Looking to add some big names on defense ahead of the upcoming Champions League, Leicester appears to be heavily targeting Keane. The defender will cost over £15 million and is expected to resign with Burnley. However, he could possibly still make the move to Leicester.
Although it’s probably unlikely Leicester will buy all the aforementioned players, it will be interesting to see who else the club will add this summer. With three players currently signed and another in Ahmed Musa expected to be announced shortly, Leicester are continuing to improve in their quest for a second straight Premier League title.