With the new season just days away, Leicester City have bolstered their options with the additions of N’Golo Kante and Yohan Benalouane.
It took a mighty recovery from the Foxes under Nigel Pearson to avoid relegation from the Premier League last term, and now under the leadership of Claudio Ranieri, they are desperate to avoid a similar struggle this time round as they target a mid-table finish. And the former Chelsea coach is continuing to add some touches to his squad, with two new players arriving on Monday.
The King Power Stadium club have completed a deal for tough-tackling Caen midfielder Kante, who has signed a four-year contract with the club. The 24-year-old began his career in the second tier of French football for Boulogne, playing 38 times between 2011 and 2013 before being transferred to his previous club for whom he played over 80 times and helped earn promotion to Ligue 1.
Ranieri has also raided his homeland by taking Benalouane from Atalanta. The 28-year-old central defender began his career with Saint Etienne, before heading to Italy where he played for Cesena and Parma before moving to La Dea. Capped once by France at Under-21 level, he is also eligible to play for Tunisia but despite opting for this route, has snubbed call-ups in the past.
Kante and Benalouane become Leicester’s fifth and sixth signings of the summer window. Robert Huth has completed a permanent move from Stoke City after impressing on loan last season, Christian Fuchs has joined from Schalke on a free transfer, and Shinji Okazaki has signed from Mainz. Ranieri’s side begin the new campaign with the visit of Dick Advocaat’s Sunderland on Saturday.