Leicester City are busy preparing for life in the Premier League, and they are looking to bring in some big name experience in order to avoid relegation next year, according to reports in the English press. The former Chelsea midfield star, Flaurent Malouda, has been linked with a move to the Foxes, in what could turn out to be one of the most surprising transfers of the summer.
The 34 year old attacking midfielder is thought to have been a target of Leicester’s for some time. Malouda currently turns out for Turkish side, Trabzonspor, although he looks likely to leave the club this summer as attempts are made to reduce the Super Lig side’s wage bill. It is believed that the player has many offers on the table at present, but that Leicester are in a strong position in the race to sign him due to the opportunity to return to the Premier League, which Nigel Pearson’s side represent.
The Frenchman scored 6 goals in Turkey last year, but he enjoyed his most successful career period at Chelsea between 2007 and 2013. In total, the skilful attacker netted 45 times for the Blues, and he also provided 43 assists, across 228 appearances. Malouda is a proven winner as well, as he has a Premier League title, 3 FA Cup wins, and a Champion’s League victory to his name.
Time and again he proved himself as a crucial component to the Stamford Bridge set-up, and he was awarded with the 2010 Chelsea Players’ Player of the Year Award for his efforts. Leicester will hope that Malouda can provide a similar service to their own cause, as the Foxes look to mount a surge up the Premier League table.