With a Premier League title to defend, plus a first foray into Champions League football, Leicester are about to experience a season like never before. And the Foxes want Manchester United’s Andreas Pereira to be a part of it.
Claudio Ranieri wanted to loan the attacking midfielder back in January, and the Italian has returned to the table, but this time for a permanent deal.
The 20-year-old has made just four league appearances for the Red Devils, and uncertainty remains over his future at Old Trafford following Jose Mourinho’s appointment.
Leicester used just 23 players en route to their famous league title last season, but with a European campaign to negotiate, the east Midlands outfit have been busily enhancing their squad depth.
Ron-Robert Zeiler has come in as competition to Kasper Schmeichel, while Luis Hernandez has arrived to bolster the defence, and Nampalys Mendy will do likewise in midfield.
Then there is the signing of Ahmed Musa, with the striker making a club-record deal from CSKA Moscow.
But one area in which Leicester are yet to enhance their range of options is creative midfielders.
Riyad Mahrez missed just one league game last term, and if he’s to keep producing his magic in domestic and European football this time around, he’s going to need resting at various points during the campaign.
Demarai Gray was brought in from Birmingham in January, and Musa can also play on the wing, but Pereira’s arrival would hand Ranieri a generous boost in tactical options.
The midfielder is expected to ask Mourinho for permission to play for Brazil in this summer’s Olympics, and it’s believed Pereira wants his future sorted before he heads to Rio.
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