French forward M'Baye Niang has had a relatively rough start to his career. After falling out of favor at A.C. Milan, he was loaned away twice, to Montpelier and Genoa, where he failed to enjoy the success many thought Niang might have.
However, offensive prowess has been the least of Niang's problem. It is clear from watching the Frenchman that he can score and has excellent pace. But injuries have plagued Niang throughout his career. Several lower body injuries have caused the striker to miss extended amounts of time, including currently. In February, Niang suffered a fractured ankle in a car accident and has been sidelined ever since.
Through trial and tribulation, Niang has stressed he is focused on staying with Milan. But this summer, he could be facing an exit. After Leicester City showed interest in the striker back in January, the English league-leaders along with Borussia Dortmund are both set to lure Niang out of Italy.
Leicester City appears to be the front-runners to sign Niang, whose agent declared that he has received interest from multiple clubs around the world. During the winter window, the Foxes offered a reported 16 million euros for the striker, but withdrew interest after Milan rejected the offer.
LCFC manager Claudio Ranieri has already expressed interest in signing a striker this summer. Alongside Jamie Vardy, Shinji Okazaki, and Leonardo Ulloa, Niang would be the big-body striker that the Foxes crave. Leicester has also shown interest in Ahmed Musa, Pione Sisto, and Saido Berahino
Dortmund, meanwhile, could be in line to swoop Niang during the summer window. The interest in Niang could be to either as a replacement for a departing winger or forward, or to make an already potent offense even stronger. If either Marco Reus, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were to leave Dortmund this summer, it would open the door for Niang.
However, if Dortmund were to add M'Baye Niang to an already potent offense, it could be just the spark needed to bring BVB to the top of German football. Dortmund, under manager Thomas Tuchel, have found success in counter-attacking football. Niang could provide even more pace alongside one of the fastest players in the world in Aubameyang.
The striker will, in all likelihood, be one of the transfer market's top players this summer. With Dortmund and Leicester looking to be the top two candidates to sign Niang, it will be interesting to see where he ends up next season.