Wilfred Ndidi has reportedly passed his medical ahead of a £15m January move to the Premier League from Belgian side Genk, and will be announced officially as a Leicester player in the coming days.
Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur reported news of Ndidi’s completed medical on Twitter, as the player arrived back at the airport on his return to Genk.
19-year-old Ndidi may be an unfamiliar name to many in the UK, but the Genk star, who can also play in defence, comes with some big boots to fill.
As Terreur pointed out in a tweet, the Nigerian international wouldn’t be the first to succeed after leaving the Belgian club in recent years:
Sold by KRC Genk since 2011
✅De Bruyne £7m
— Kristof Terreur 📰 (@HLNinEngeland) December 13, 2016
Since 2011, ‘de Smurfen’ have let go a sizeable section of the spine of Belgium’s international side, including: Christian Benteke (£8m to Aston Villa 2012), Thibaut Courtois (£7.5m to Chelsea 2011) and Kevin de Bruyne (£7m to Chelsea 2012).
Add this to the likes of highly-sought after and £50m-rated Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly and Atletico Madrid’s Stefan Savic and you have an incredibly impressive and underrated record of producing top talent.
While Genk took home a respectable income from the above sales, it still appears Belgium is the place to go for bargains.
Time will tell if Ndidi can replicate the illustrious careers of his alumni, but history suggests you shouldn’t be surprised if he’s worth a lot more than the reported £15m Leicester are forking out for him in a few seasons.