Owngoalnigeria.com can exclusively reveal that former Chelsea ace Celestine Babayaro was the brain behind Leicester City splurge on Nigerian midfielder Wilfred Ndidi.
During the summer when the English champions lost N’golo Kante to Chelsea, Claudio Ranieri who is still very close to Babayaro after the pair first met at Chelsea, asked his former player to make a check on the Nigerian.
Babayaro who started his career in Belgium contacted close friends who are still residing in the country, and received glowing reports about the 19 year old before traveling down to Belgium to scout Ndidi himself.
The former Chelsea star now turn scout watched Ndidi play five times in Belgium before compiling a report to his former boss on Ndidi, which prompted talks between Leicester City and Genk a month ago.
An agreement was struck yesterday for a fee in the region of £15m for his transfer, which will be made official in January when the transfer window reopens for players transfer.