Leicester City keen to land Besiktas left-back Ridvan Yilmaz
Leicester appear to have a genuine interest in signing Besiktas left-back Ridvan Yilmaz this summer.
The 20-year-old has been subject to interest from various European clubs. His contract at Besiktas is set to expire at the end of the 2022/23 campaign.
The left-back has banged in 3 goals and provided 4 assists in 29 matches this term on all fronts. He has long been touted as one of Turkey’s most promising young talents.
Yilmaz has represented Turkey at Under-16, Under-17, Under-18, Under-19 and Under-21 level, winning 50 caps and scoring one goal, before making his senior international debut in May 2021. As a member of Turkey national football team, he won 6 caps.
The 20-year-old has been in impressive form for Besiktas this season and it looks like he caught the eye of many European clubs including Leicester City.
Brendan Rodgers wants to sign a new left-back and Ridvan Yilmaz is one of the names at the top of his wishlist. He is a firm fan of Besiktas left-back and Leicester could make a move for the player if the financial aspect makes sense.
The Foxes will have funds to spend in the market and it will be interesting to see how they approach the summer transfer window.
Yilmaz has the talent to play many roles in defense. His arrival would give Leicester some much needed tactical flexibility.
According to the report, “Besiktas full-back Ridvan Yilmaz is emerging as a realistic option for Leicester City this summer. The Foxes are not enjoying the best of seasons, and are hoping to refresh their squad in the summer. According to reports in Turkey, via Sport Witness, 20-year-old defender Yilmaz is a serious option for Brendan Rodgers’ team. Among the teams interested in Yilmaz include Stuttgart and Torino. A cut-price fee of £8.35 million is likely to be enough to secure the youngster this summer.”
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If Leicester can agree on a fee with Besiktas, the deal should be easy to complete. The Turkish giants are preparing to sell their left-back should they receive right offer for him.
Good signing for Leicester City?
It is smart from the club to invest in younger players, rather than splashing out big money on experienced players with no resale value.
Ridvan Yilmaz is still quite young and he will only get better with experience. He would be a good long term investment for Leicester City.
Stylistically, he would be a great fit in Leicester.
It will be interesting to see if Leicester City make their move for the 20-year-old in the coming months.
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Should Leicester City make a move for Ridvan Yilmaz?
Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.