Leicester lining up Watford man for title defence
It’s shaping up to be Leicester’s busiest off-season ever, and the Foxes are fully aware they need new additions if they want to take on the Premier League and Champions League next term.
Having used just 23 players to conquer all before them and claim a sensational league title, Claudio Ranieri is fully aware he needs to add squad depth next term.
One such area of concern will be up front, with Leicester heavily reliant on Jamie Vardy, Shinji Okazaki and Leonado Ulloa.
History shows the east Midlands club ideally need one more striker, and the Daily Mail are reporting that the man to make the trio a quartet is Watford skipper Troy Deeney.
Leicester have made clear they’ll only sign players of similar ethos and mentality to the crop they have currently, which would explain the Deeney link.
The Hornets man netted a solid but not too spectacular 12 goals this season, but the forward’s prize asset is his mental game and teamwork.
Deeney turns 28 this summer, and is valued at around £11m, but as with most transfers between English clubs these days, that could easily skyrocket towards £20m.
The Englishman wouldn’t exactly give Ranieri two out-and-out goalscorers, so the Foxes may well stick around in the transfer market.
Pescara’s Gianluca Lapadula and Deportivo La Coruna’s Lucas Perez have both been earmarked as the men to offer Vardy some competition at the King Power Stadium next season.
Leicester will aim to round the season in style on Sunday, as they receive a guard of honour at former champions Chelsea.
The Foxes are 19/10 to seal their historic campaign victoriously, with Ranieri’s men winning three points at his former digs.
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