From a season ticket price freeze, new signings and even a new kit manufacturer (with training kit below), it’s been a busy week at Leicester City
We have a lot to talk about this week, so let’s start with incoming players.
Leicester confirmed the signing of Ricardo Pereira on Sunday from Porto for a fee of around £22.5m.
Pereira was one of Porto’s best players last season and helped them to the Primeira Liga title.
He had a big decision to make joining the Foxes and decided to ditch the Champions League next season in the hope for a European spot next year for Leicester.
Pereira is a pacey right-back who also plays for Portugal alongside City player Adrien Silva.
Leicester fought off a number of high profile clubs to sign the striker who has signed a 5 year deal on £75k per week!
With Stoke relegated to the Championship, a number of players will be leaving this summer.
XHERDAN SHAQIRI is the latest player to be linked with the Foxes.
Shaqiri has won a number of trophies with Bayern Munich and is a Champions League winner, and three time German champion.
He has also played over 70 times for his country scoring 20 times.
Leicester boss Claude Puel has good things to say about Shaqiri who is always a handful for Leicester.
Puel is set to make a £15m bid for the Swiss international which should be enough to bring him to the King Power stadium
Like Stoke, relegated West Brom will have a mass exodus this transfer window following their relegation to the Championship.
Leicester have been in touch with West Brom’s agent Colin Murdock about a £3m transfer to the Foxes, but his agent fee of £4m provided a stumbling block.
The experienced West Brom defender has a £3m relegation clause in his contract with Leicester looking to sign him on the third attempt of trying.
After further talks about the transfer, it is reported that his agent and Leicester are almost at an agreement and will complete the transfer this week.
Barcelona centre-back Marlon Santos is on the radar for Leicester, who are willing to place a £18m for the defender.
The Brazilian youth international, a runner-up at the Under-20 World Cup in 2015 is currently at the end of a two year spell at Foxes boss Puel’s old side Nice.
With Robert Huth leaving in the summer, and the uncertainty of Aleksandar Dragović’s future Leicester are short at the back.
Marlon Santos is certainly a contender for City.
There has been a lot of talk around Jamie Vardy this week as Atletico Madrid have confirmed interest in the England international.
Madrid manager Diego Simeone is a massive fan of Jamie Vardy and has admitted that he has looked at signing Vardy to replace Griezmann who is set for Barcelona.
Simeone believes that Vardy is the ideal replacement and admires his style of football.
When Vardy rejected Arsenal in 2016 he openly admitted that if another offer came in for him he would look at the pro’s and con’s.
With a lifestyle in the Spanish capital and only a few years left in his career this may be too good of an opportunity to refuse.
Atletico are likely to offer Leicester £16m for the star man, however Leicester will expect quite a bit more to let him go.
Leicester’s Algerian star and most skilful player to ever play for the club is on his way out.
Riyad has made it clear that he wants to leave the Foxes after handing in a transfer request in May last year.
Mahrez, 27 was hoping for a dream move last year, however Manchester City were the only club to bid for him.
With Manchester City offering £60m for the superstar, Leicester felt this was not enough for their star asset and demanded £95m.
The Premier League champions are now back in for Mahrez, with a reported £50m and Patrick Roberts in exchange.
To benefit all parties we have the understanding that Leicester have agreed to this deal and Mahrez will depart the club shortly.
The Algerian has been a pleasure to watch with all Leicester fans wishing him luck in the new chapter of his life.
From one Algerian to the other, Islam Slimani has made it clear that he does not want to return to Leicester with Puel in charge.
Slimani went on loan to Newcastle in January, where he played a pathetic 4 games for the Magpies.
After already having a bad time with Newcastle, he made matters worse as he was charged with violent conduct by the FA for lashing out at West Brom defender Craig Dawson.
Because of his performances and injury Newcastle decided not to pursue with the Algerian who is valued at just under £20m.
Slimani did say that he wouldn’t rule out a move back to Sporting, however the chances are we will never see him in a City shirt again.
Leicester City rejected two bids from the Cherries to take the winger to Dean Court previously, and a third bid is on it’s way.
The Foxes rejected bids from Bournemouth and Spurs for the youngster previously, but are willing to let him go if the price was right.
Demarai Gray is only 21 years of age and has made 77 appearances scoring 4 goals.
Many fans do not see Gray as a replacement for Riyad Mahrez.
Leicester teaming with Adidas was one of the worlds worst-kept secrets, as Adidas US had the kit on sale before Leicester confirmed the deal.
The new Adidas shirt is lovely, and is a breath of fresh air for City fans.
Adidas are a premium sports brand known for the quality of clothing, although it comes with a cost.
With a July release, it is thought that the new home shirt alone will cost north of £60 – so you’d better get saving them pennies!
With no news on the away shirt yet, it is said that the Foxes will play in black and gold like last season. Below is a sneak pic on what the training kit could look like.
SEASON TICKET PRICE FREEZE
Just when you’re put off by the cost of the new Leicester home shirt, for the FORTH successive season the price of a season ticket will have no increase.
In just three days time, the 2018/19 tickets will go on sale with Current Season Ticket Holders’ seats reserved until Monday 25 June, 6pm.
Yet again, we have another great gesture from the owners that keep on giving!
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