Speculation has emerged that Thailand international Chanathip Songkrasin could soon be signing for former English Premier League champions Leicester City.
The 24-year-old only recently moved to Japan’s Consadole Sapporo in July and, at the weekend, played the full 90 minutes as a 2-0 win over Shimizu S-Pulse secured his club’s top flight status for another year.
While there is still a year to go on his current loan deal from Thai giants Muangthong United, it has been rumoured that Chanathip is currently on the radar of Leicester, who just two seasons ago produced a remarkable season to be crowned Premier League champions.
According to reports, Leicester chairman Virachai Srivaddhanaprabha has earmarked his compatriot as a welcome addition at the King Power Stadium.
Leicester City president Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha expresses interest in bringing Chanathip into the English Premier League club https://t.co/UVh05Du9bP
— Thai League Football (@thai_league) November 20, 2017
However, it remains to be seen if Chanathip will be eligible for a work permit under the United Kingdom’s stringent regulations especially given Thailand are currently ranked 138th in the FIFA world rankings.
Nonetheless, he should have no problems meeting the requirement of having played at least 75 per cent of their ‘A’ internationals in the past two years.
Ready for ??❓
— FOX Sports Asia (@FOXSportsAsia) November 20, 2017
This is not the first time that Premier League clubs under Thai ownership have looked to bring their fellow countrymen to England.
Back in 2007, under the ownership of deposed Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, Manchester City signed Teerasil Dangda, Kiatprawut Saiwaeo and Suree Sukha, although none of them managed to make a first-team appearance with the Citizens.