Leicester ‘break bank with £39m bid for Morocco World Cup hero Ounahi as they look to beat Barcelona to transfer’

LEICESTER are ready to launch a huge bid for Morocco star Azzedine Ounahi, according to reports.

The 22-year-old has put in a number of impressive performances at the World Cup helping fire his nation to the semi-finals.

GettyAzzedine Ounahi has played a huge role in Morocco’s surprise World Cup run[/caption]

And his displays have caught the attention of Leicester who are supposedly willing to break the bank and bid £39million for him.

Ounahi plays for Ligue 1 side Angers and he is capable of playing as a box-to-box or attacking midfielder.

He has played 14 games for the French club this season and he has started all five of Morocco’s matches at the World Cup.

Ounahi is yet to score or assist this season but his energetic and technical talent on show in Qatar have led to clubs wanting to take a closer look at him.

Barcelona are reportedly interested but would only make the move for a low price, claim Mundo Deportivo.

The outlet goes onto say Leicester would happily pay more for him with £39million the fee L’Equipe claim Angers want.

The Foxes are in danger of losing Youri Tielemans in January as his deal expires at the end of the season.

With Arsenal one of a number of clubs interested, Brendan Rodgers’ team could swoop for Ounahi to replace him.

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Just two seasons ago he was playing in the third tier of French football with Avranches and a big move would complete a remarkable rise up the ranks.

He may not be the only hero from the Morocco team set for a big transfer as Sofyan Amrabat has been linked with Tottenham and Liverpool.

As some look set to come to the Premier League, Chelsea ace Hakim Ziyech could secure a switch away for more regular minutes after impressing at the World Cup.

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