Le­ices­ter close in on £22m Castagne to re­place Chilwell

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport / Football - By Mike McGrath

Le­ices­ter City have agreed a deal worth £22mil­lion with Ata­lanta for Ti­mothy Castagne, the Bel­gium full-back.

Bren­dan Rodgers tar­geted the 24-year-old fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of Ben Chilwell to Chelsea, with Castagne able to play on both sides of the pitch.

The deal is in the fi­nal stages and Castagne should be able to join up with Rodgers’s squad ahead of the new Premier League sea­son.

Castagne has played reg­u­larly in Serie A for the past three sea­sons af­ter join­ing from Genk in his home­land, where he played se­nior foot­ball as a teenager be­fore earn­ing a move to Italy and be­ing part of the Ata­lanta squad who reached the Cham­pi­ons League.

Rodgers has needed to strengthen his full-back area as Eng­land de­fender Chilwell has de­parted to Stam­ford Bridge in a deal worth about £50 mil­lion, while Ri­cardo Pereira is re­cov­er­ing from a se­ri­ous knee in­jury.

James Justin, an ar­rival from Lu­ton Town last sea­son, showed prom­ise when he switched to left­back, or Rodgers could use Castagne in that po­si­tion.

Castagne’s med­i­cal is be­lieved to have been com­pleted and per­sonal terms have been straight­for­ward for him to be­come a Premier League player and join Kevin De Bruyne and Toby Alder­weireld as Bel­gians in Eng­land.

Den­nis Praet is also at the King Power Sta­dium, af­ter be­ing signed by Rodgers on a five-year con­tract last sum­mer.

Castagne can also play in mid­field to add an­other op­tion for Rodgers, who has Har­vey Barnes and Ay­oze Perez as his out-and-out wide men for for­ward po­si­tions.

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