FC Barcelona’s Interest in Wilfred Ndidi on a Free Transfer
Reports have emerged suggesting that FC Barcelona is actively planning to secure the services of Nigerian midfielder Wilfred Ndidi on a free transfer when his existing contract with Leicester City concludes on June 30, 2024.
This potential move has been reported by Spanish newspaper Barca Universal, which highlights Barcelona’s increased reliance on free-agent players due to their ongoing financial constraints.
Barcelona’s Free-Agent Strategy
Barcelona has recently made notable additions to their squad by signing free agents.
Players such as Inigo Martínez from Athletic Bilbao, Ilkay Gündogan from Manchester City, and the Portuguese duo of Joao Cancelo and Joao Félix, who are on loan from Atletico Madrid and Manchester City, respectively, have been included in Barcelona’s roster for the current season.
The club’s financial situation has necessitated the pursuit of such free-transfer options.
Identifying Prospective Free-Agent Targets
In preparation for the upcoming summer transfer window, Barcelona has already begun identifying players with expiring contracts as potential targets.
Among these prospects, Wilfred Ndidi, whose contract with Leicester City expires in the summer of 2024, has reportedly caught Barcelona’s attention.
The club is closely monitoring Ndidi’s status and may approach him regarding a Bosman contract.
Ndidi’s Willingness to Make the Move
It is reported that Wilfred Ndidi is open to the idea of making the move to FC Barcelona next summer, provided the club extends an offer.
Notably, Barcelona had previously considered signing the 26-year-old Nigerian midfielder a few seasons ago but had been deterred by Leicester City’s €70 million asking price.
Ndidi’s Current Situation
Currently, Wilfred Ndidi is excelling in the EFL Championship with Leicester City, having experienced success in the Premier League.
Leicester City’s relegation from the Premier League to the Championship last season has seen Ndidi continue to make a significant impact in English football.
Barcelona’s interest in acquiring his talents on a free transfer signals their commitment to strengthening their squad without the financial burden of a transfer fee.