Leicester City set sights on signing £20m-valued defender

By Wayne Veysey

12th Jul, 2021 | 3:14pm

Sources: Leicester City plot raid to sign Caceres as asking price revealed

Leicester City have set their sights on signing Uruguayan defender Sebastian Caceres, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

The centre-back, 21, is attracting interest from Europe’s leading clubs after making a name for himself in Mexico with Club America.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Leicester are plotting a raid for Caceres as they look to strengthen in central defence.

America value the Uruguayan rising star at around the £20million mark.

Leicester’s three senior centre-backs are Jonny Evans, Wesley Fofana and Caglar Soyuncu.

Evans is 33 while there are doubts over the long-term futures of in-demand pair Fofana and Soyuncu.

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Fellow centre-back Filip Benkovic meanwhile returned from OH Leuven at the end of 2020-21 following a fourth loan spell in as many seasons.

Caceres is under contract until December 2024 with America, for whom he made over 100 appearances since signing.

The defender, who began his career with Liverpool Montevideo in Uruguay’s portside capital, moved north to Mexico to join America in January last year.

Caceres has four appearances for Uruguay Under-23s and has also represented his nation at Under-22, Under-21 and Under-18 levels.

He has been involved in America’s pre-season campaign and played as recently as last Saturday (10th July) in a 1-0 victory over Tigres UANL.

Leicester City, who missed out on a Champions League spot on the final day, conceded more goals than any other team in the top eight in the Premier League last term.

Brendan Rodgers will be aiming for more fortitude as they approach their 2021-22 season opener against Wolves on 14th August.

In other news, London club make appraoch to sign Liverpool star who Klopp is keen to move on.