Will Leicester smash their transfer record on Spanish ace?
Leicester City fans are set to be glued to the back pages and sporting websites this summer like never before as the Foxes prepare to assemble a squad ready to defend a Premier League title and enjoy an first ever adventure in the Champions League.
And if reports are to be believed, some serious cash could be spent too.
The Guardian are reporting that the Leicester hierarchy are preparing to offer a club-record fee to land Deportivo La Coruña striker Lucas Pérez.
The 27-year-old has netted 17 goals in La Liga this term, and only two men outside of the ‘big three’ have fared better.
Pérez has scored well over a third of his side’s goals this season – and contributed to over half when you add in his 10 assists – and Leicester see him as an ideal signing to offer Jamie Vardy some competition.
With Leonardo Ulloa and Shinji Okazaki fulfilling the Foxes’ workhorse department, Vardy can’t really be expected to lead the out-and-out goalscoring on two fronts next term.
Having used just 23 players en route to their incredible Premier League success, Claudio Ranieri has made no bones about needing more legs.
Leicester’s current record spend is £9m for Andrej Kramaric, but with Lucas’ contract running for another two years, and at the peak of his career, the Foxes look set to smash that fee this summer.
Ranieri will have to use all his charm to land Pérez however, who is believed to be somewhat reluctant to leave his hometown club.
But given the chance to play Champions League football at the most talked about team in Europe, who wouldn’t want that?
Should Leicester fail in their bid to land the La Liga hotshot, they’re also closely monitoring Pescara’s star man Gianluca Lapadula, again a man in the Vardy-mould of strikers.
But on the pitch, the Foxes will receive the Guard of Honour on Sunday, fittingly at Ranieri’s old club Chelsea, and Leicester are 2/1 to round off the season victoriously at Stamford Bridge.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.