Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers eyes transfer battle for wantaway Celtic star

Celtic face the prospect of losing centre-back Kristoffer Ajer in the summer window with Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers keen to be reunited with his former player. Although the Foxes face a battle with AC Milan for his signature, according to reports.

Ajer joined Celtic from Norwegian side IK Start in 2016 after having impressed during a trial with the Parkhead club.

While having previously played as a defensive midfielder in Norway, the youngster has been moulded into a promising centre-back at Celtic.

However, according to transfer expert Nicolo Schira, AC Milan and Leicester are in a race to sign Ajer this summer.

Schira claims Milan are already in “advanced talks” with Celtic about a deal and are currently in pole position to sign the youngster.

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However, Rodgers is also interested in being reunited with the player he signed during his time in charge at Celtic.

Ajer’s contract expires in 2022 and it appears Celtic are willing to listen to offers for the player who has already signalled he isn’t interested in signing a new deal.

Back in March, the player’s agent, Tore Pedersen, revealed that Ajer wouldn’t be renewing his contract and that there are “very big clubs” interested in his client who have been following him for quite some time.

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“He will not be renewing his contract with Celtic, which means he will be leaving Glasgow this summer,” agent Tore Pedersen told Norwegian outlet NTB.

“I don’t want to name names, but there are some very big clubs interested in Ajer, including some who have been tracking him for a while.”

Milan are unsure about the futures of Simon Kjaer and Mateo Musacchio and are scouring the market for a new centre-back.

They are said to be looking for a physically strong defender who has leadership skills and can handle the pressure of playing at the San Siro.

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And Milan think 21-year-old Ajer meets these requirements.

As for Leicester, Rodgers has seen Caglar Soyuncu perform well following the sale of Harry Maguire to Manchester United last summer.

The 23-year-old Turkey international has formed a formidable partnership with Jonny Evans this campaign that has helped Leicester climb to third place in the Premier League.

However, with Evans now aged 32, Rodgers could see Ajer as a long-term replacement for the Northern Irish veteran.

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