Bayern Munich Turn Attention Toward 51-Cap Championship Midfielder

European giants Bayern Munich are weighing up a loan bid for Leicester City’s star midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, according to German outlet Kicker.

Ndidi moved to the King Power Stadium from Belgian side Genk in January 2017 for £17 million and became an integral part of one of the most successful periods in the club’s recent history.

Under manager Brendan Rodgers, Ndidi’s game was elevated to a new level as Leicester finished fifth in back-to-back seasons in the Premier League in 2020 and 2021. Ndidi also helped his side to lift the prestigious FA Cup title in 2021 against soon-to-be European champions Chelsea.

The 51-cap Nigeria international has featured in almost every game for the former Premier League champions in the current campaign under new head coach Enzo Maresca but may not be at the club past Friday.

Ndidi’s contract expires next summer but Kicker are claiming that Leicester City are prepared to offer the midfield general a one-year contract extension before sending him to Bavaria on loan for the rest of the campaign.

When quizzed on the player’s future in a pre-match press conference on Friday, Maresca said [quotes via Leicestershire Live]:

“The window market is open. Anything can happen. I can say this player is important and then the club receive a big, big offer, probably we need to think a different thing.

“For sure, the club knows very well what I think about all of them and how important they are.”

The outlet are also reporting that Bayern boss Thomas Tuchel is a big fan of Ndidi and tried to sign him during his stint as Paris Saint-Germain boss a few seasons ago.

Writer’s View

It seems strange that Leicester City would offer Ndidi a new deal and then loan him out to Bayern Munich for the rest of the season when it doesn’t really benefit them.

The only way this move is logical is if the player doesn’t want to play Championship football but the club are hoping he can return next season when they potentially return to the Premier League.

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