As Leicester City are keen on signing Feyenoord’s 21 year-old centre midfielder, Tony Vilhena, Sam May takes a look at why he would be the perfect option.

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With his contract running out in the summer Ranieri’s side are hoping to sign the Dutchman on a free transfer. Champions League football would be a factor should he turn down a new deal with Feyenoord and move to the Premier League this summer.

The Foxes had previously targeted a move for the Feyenoord youth prodigy in January, but a move failed to materialise. Southampton, Sunderland, West Brom and Swansea have all been linked with the midfield ace, but Leicester have kept a close on him all season.

Ronald Koeman’s Southampton will rival Leicester for his signature, with the player’s former boss, keen on luring him to the South Coast, having previously snapped up former teammate Jordy Clasie in 2015 for £8 million.

Bayern Munich, Roma, Juventus and Monaco have all monitored his progress, but Vilhena himself is keen on a move to the Barclays Premier League.

So why would he be the ideal addition?

The youngster made his debut at the age of 18 and is a key player for De Kuip. Feyenoord are keen to keep one of their prized assets but manager Giovanni Van Bronckhorst is preparing life without Vilhena, he said earlier this season: “I have to respect his wishes not to sign a new contract.”

Leicester have had a fairytale of a season and will surely be crowned champions following an exceptional campaign. They will however, need to make reinforcements to defend their title, but also to put up a strong showing in next seasons Champions League.

Ranieri’s squad has lacked depth this season, but the Foxes haven’t suffered injuries, which has been key in their successful charge. They can’t afford to play in four competitions next season with a small squad.

Making 136 appearances for boyhood club Feyenoord, Vilhena has shown he is ready to step up. The youngster is capable of playing in a number of midfield positions including: central midfield, attacking midfield and even on the left side.

The 22 time capped Dutch Under 21 international is enjoying a brilliant campaign finding the back of the net eight times this season and has also provided the same number of assists.

He has brilliant technique, dribbling ability, a good eye for a pass. His versatility and flair will be a major addition to Leicester next season. For a free transfer, it will be a shrewd piece of business from Claudio Ranieri should he make the move this summer.

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