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Leicester eyeing Ryan Nolan transfer with 21-year-old Irishman playing down in Italy’s third tier for Arezzo

LEICESTER are considering a move for Irish centre-back Ryan Nolan.

The highly-rated 21-year-old is currently with Arezzo in the Italian third tier and was previously on the books at Inter Milan.

Nolan was on the cusp of the Inter first team under former manager Luciano Spaletti and was even named in two matchday squads in the Europa League in 2018-19.

However, he fell out of favour when Spaletti was sacked and replaced by former Chelsea chief Antonio Conte in May last year.

Conte let the youngster go immediately as he put an emphasis on experience over youth.

Now Nolan is keen on a move to England, with Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes heading the queue for his signature.

Despite having two years left on his contract in Italy, Arezzo are happy to let him leave for free but will insist on a big sell-on clause being included in any deal.

The Italians expect big things of the ball-playing defender who has represented Ireland at U16, U17 and U18 levels.

He was extremely close to a switch to Leeds at the start of last summer but a deal fell through as Marcelo Bielsa wanted to loan him straight out to Scottish side Falkirk.

Nolan would prefer to move to a club where he can fight for a first-team place immediately.

And although he will face stiff competition at the King Power from the likes of Jonny Evans and Caglar Soyuncu, they are in need of more strength in depth at the back.

Norwich are also monitoring his situation as they look to bounce straight back from the disappointment of Premier League relegation.

Blackburn are another side to have watched him in the past and they could make a move as well.

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