Leicester star Caglar Soyuncu closing in on Atletico Madrid transfer after defender rejects Aston Villa switch | The Sun

LEICESTER star Caglar Soyuncu is "close" to joining Atletico Madrid ahead of the January transfer window, reports suggest.

Soyuncu, 26, has previously been linked with a switch to Aston Villa, while Roma are also keeping tabs, but it seems he has opted for Atletico.

According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, a deal has not been reached between the two parties yet but an agreement appears imminent.

Romano tweeted: "Atlético Madrid are close to complete the signing of Caglar Soyuncu for 2023.

"Deal not done or signed yet but negotiations are advanced, waiting to get it sealed as soon as possible.

"Aston Villa and AS Roma had also contacts for Soyuncu but Atléti are close."

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Soyuncu is out of contract at the end of the season, leaving Leicester vulnerable to a transfer swoop.

This will obviously require a fee but the Foxes would likely have to sell the centre-back for less money than his worth due to his contract situation.

The Turkey international has been a regular starter for the Foxes over the past few seasons and has often been a rock at the heart of the defence.

That is why Soyuncu has also caught the eye of Villa, who are looking to strengthen ahead of the second half of the season.

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The Midlands club's new manager Unai Emery is looking to shake things up at Villa Park after a rocky start under previous head coach Steven Gerrard.

Leicester also endured a difficult start in the Premier League and are facing the prospect of losing Youri Tielemans soon as his contract is also up in June.

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