Will Manchester United sign Wilfred Ndidi?
Published: August 30, 2021
Will Manchester United sign Wilfred Ndidi?With less than two weeks before the English summer transfer window closes, the pressure is building on the biggest clubs to make some very important signings.

While Manchester United have already thrown plenty of money around, there are growing rumours that the club could be set to sign Wilfred Ndidi.

The Nigerian star has been an integral part of the Leicester City line-up, and it’s easy to see how the defensive midfielder could strengthen Manchester United’s bid for the Premier League title this season.

But would Leicester be willing to sell Ndidi, and what price would Manchester United be willing to pay?

Where Ndidi would fit in the new-look Manchester United?

Given that rivals Manchester City lost their opening game against Tottenham, it’s no surprise to find that Manchester United are now looking better than ever to claim their first Premier League title in years.

By visiting any of the bookmakers featured on the homepage of this betting resource, football fans will see that the odds of a Manchester United Premier League title win are getting shorter all of the time.

Much of this can be put down to the impressive form of attacking midfielders such as Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pobga.

However, there are concerns that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team aren’t quite so confident in front of the back four.

Manchester United had previously been relying on the formidable experience of Nemanja Matic, but the 33-year old cannot be seen as a long-term solution to the defensive midfielder role.

Plus, while the Brazilian player, Fred, has his good moments, it is felt that he cannot be counted on to occupy such an important position.

Ndidi is born to play this role with his fierce tackles and intelligent interceptions being a key part in helping Leicester maintain so many clean sheets in recent years.

The 24-year old has been an unsung hero with the Foxes, and it’s his pragmatic approach that will be highly valued by Solskjaer in a United team that has more than its fair share of wayward egos.

As such, it’s little surprise that the asking price for Ndidi is expected to be in the region of £60 million.

After all, the Nigerian star has now got plenty of Premier League experience and he's still nowhere near the peak of his abilities.

All of which suggests that there could be a couple of interesting weeks of football transfer action.

How Ndidi became such hot property

Ndidi came to Leicester City in early 2017 following a £17 million deal from the Belgian club Genk.

The defensive midfielder has gradually become highly regarded for the no-nonsense approach in which he dominates play in the centre of the pitch.

Ndidi is clearly highly regarded by the Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers and it was only a nasty adductor injury that kept the Nigerian star away from the first-team for much of the first half of the 2020/21 campaign.

Thankfully Ndidi bounced back and was behind much of Leicester’s impressive results that saw them claim a place in European football for another year.

What’s impressive is that the 24-year old has continued this strong run of form at the start of the new campaign.

While another Nigerian player scored the winning goal in the Community Shield, Ndidi’s steadfast ability to control the game meant that Manchester City wasted their chances and Leicester claimed their first piece of silverware of the new season.

This was followed by an excellent performance in the Premier League opener that saw Leicester beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0. Ndidi was narrowly beaten by team-mate Jamie Vardy to the Man of the Match award.

But such is Ndidi’s demeanour that he won’t mind missing out on the glory as long as he helps his team to victory.

After all, there aren’t too many Premier League players who will be studying to get a business degree between games.

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