Atletico Madrid agree deal with Leicester City star ahead of summer move

The Rojablanca are ready to pick up the talent on a free

Atletico Madrid have agreed a verbal deal with Leicester City defender Caglar Soyuncu, who will make the switch to the Wanda Metropolitano on a free transfer this summer.

The Turkish centre-back has fallen down the pecking order with the Foxes, making just two appearances so far this season for Brendan Rodgers’ side. Though injury has somewhat limited his opportunities at the King Power, he has fallen behind Wout Faes, Jonny Evans and Daniel Amartey in the pecking order after a bright start to his career in the midlands.

Despite this, Rodgers has played down talk of a rift, saying in September that “He is a great lad”

“When I came here, Cags was fourth-choice centre-half. I came in 2019, he propelled himself, I gave him the opportunity. He was fantastic in that first season.

“Then it was a mixture of things, the national team wasn’t going so well and he had some injuries, and then he played so much because he was one of my only fit centre-halves. It was really difficult for him.”

“But he has never been a problem. He is a great guy, works hard and when the opportunity comes, which I am pretty sure it will do at some point, he knows he has to be ready.”

But the 26-year-old is out of contract this summer, and so far no talks are underway to extend his time at the King Power Stadium, leading to speculation that he may seek pastures new. He can speak to other clubs around Europe from January 1st.

And, as per Spanish outlet Relevo, Atletico Madrid have pounced, agreeing a deal to take him to the Spanish capital in the summer on a free transfer. A January move at a cut-price fee could also be on the cards, they add, should other suitors endanger a summer move.

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