Leicester City and Bournemouth battling to sign former Arsenal target Jankto

Leicester City and Bournemouth are reportedly interested in signing talented young midfielder Jakub Jankto from Udinese. 

According to the Guardian, Arsenal scouted the 20-year-old for a season, but did not make an offer.

Leicester and Bournemouth are now amongst the favourites to sign him, the source suggests, with a price-tag of £8 million mooted.

A Czech Republic Under-21 international, Jankto spent last season on loan at Ascoli, for whom he scored five goals in 34 league appearances.

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Udinese rate Jankto highly and would ideally like to retain his services for the long-term, but, with his contract due to run out at the end of next season, the Italian side my seek to sell the youngster to avoid the risk of losing him on a free transfer.

A neat passer of the ball, Jankto mainly operates as a central midfielder, but he is also capable of making an impact on the left flank if required.

Leicester have had much success with regards to luring players from Europe and turning them into star players, with N’Golo Kante and Riyad Mahrez having played a key part in the Foxes’ title success last season.

There is a possibility that Jankto, who joined Udinese from Slavia Prague’s academy in 2014, could break into the first-team at the Serie A side this season, but the signs suggest that he may not stay at the club for long.

source: squawka

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