Ryan Bertrand will join Leicester on a free transfer in the next few days with the former Southampton defender set to be reunited with former Chelsea youth coach Brendan Rodgers
- Ryan Bertrand is expected to finalise a move to Leicester in the next few days
- The defender has left Southampton following the end of his contract
- The left back will become Brendan Rodgers’ third signing this summer
- Rodgers worked with Bertrand during his time as Chelsea youth coach
Ryan Bertrand is expected to sign for Leicester in the coming days to become Brendan Rodgers’ third capture of the summer.
The former England defender is a free agent after allowing his contract at Southampton to expire and Leicester are confident they have won the race for the left-back, who turns 32 next month.
Rodgers identified Bertrand – who he coached at reserve and youth level at Chelsea – as the experienced full-back he needed to compete with youngster Luke Thomas.
Ryan Bertrand (left) is expected to sign for Leicester in the coming days to become the third signing made by Brendan Rodgers (right) this summer
James Justin, who can also play in that position, is recovering from a serious knee injury while Christian Fuchs departed at the end of last season.
Leicester have already signed midfielder Boubakary Soumare, a long-term target, from Lille for £23m, as well as forward Patson Daka from Red Bull Salzburg for a similar fee.
The Foxes have trimmed their wage bill since the end of last term with Fuchs leaving the club along with Wes Morgan, captain of the Premier League title-winning side of 2016.
The former England defender is a free agent after allowing his contract at Southampton
But they remain determined to keep midfielder Youri Tielemans, whose outstanding form last term attracted attention from across Europe.
The Belgium international scored the only goal in the FA Cup Final against Chelsea and reports in his home country indicate he would be open to changing clubs this summer, though it is unlikely any would offer enough to interest Leicester, who extracted £80m from Manchester United for Harry Maguire and £50m from Chelsea for Ben Chilwell.
As revealed by Sportsmail in June, playmaker James Maddison remains a prominent target for Arsenal.
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