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“Barcelona’s Ambitious Pursuit: Eyeing Wilfred Ndidi for Next Year’s Signing”

Barcelona are reportedly interested in signing Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi next year.

The 26-year-old remained with the Foxes over the summer despite their relegation from the Premier League, and he has been a key player for the club this season, featuring on 10 occasions in all competitions, scoring three goals and registering one assist in the process.

Ndidi only has a contract at the King Power Stadium until next June, though, meaning that he will be free to speak to foreign clubs at the start of 2024 over a move next summer.

According to Sport, Barcelona are long-term admirers of the Nigeria international and are keeping a close eye on his situation at Leicester.

The report claims that the Catalan outfit attempted to sign Ndidi ‘a few years ago’ but were told that the midfielder would cost €70m (£60.7m).

He will be available on a free transfer next summer, and Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, and Juventus are among the teams interested in signing him.

However, Barcelona are rumoured to be interested in a player who joined Leicester City from Genk in 2017 and helped them win the FA Cup and Community Shield during his time there.

Ndidi has appeared on 247 times for Leicester in all competitions, scoring 14 goals and contributing 13 assists.

Barcelona are now short of senior midfield alternatives due to injuries to Pedri and Frenkie de Jong, who both missed Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Mallorca in La Liga.

We let two points slip away, we made two serious mistakes. We knew we would have few chances, and we were unable to capitalise on them,” the Catalan outfit’s head coach Xavi told reporters following the league clash.

“We have to criticise ourselves. We have to win this type of match. The second goal Mallorca scored was a childish mistake by our team.

“We are at fault for the first goal, we got back into the match, but when we were superior, they score the second. It’s our fault, we missed many chances when the scoreboard was 1-1. I remember that Joao [Felix] had one, Raphinha too… and then they scored the 1-2.

“I think we outplayed Mallorca, but we must improve our performance. Last year, the defence gave us stability. Today there were unacceptable mistakes from us.”

Barcelona will now be aiming to return to winning ways when they welcome Sevilla in La Liga on Friday night.

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