It would have been one of the Premier League’s most bizarre, wonderful and intriguing signings, but Leicester’s attempt to bring Francesco Totti to the King Power Stadium appears doomed.
The Roma legend is reportedly set to decline the chance to reunite with former boss Claudio Ranieri in the east Midlands to join New York Cosmos instead, and to be honest, it’s not hard to see why.
New York or Leicester? A demanding Premier League campaign or a comparatively jovial stroll in America?
Nevertheless, it shows Leicester are aiming high as they look to make their Champions League debut next year.
The Foxes are believed to be in the hunt for Pescara striker Gianluca Lapadula, but face competition from Tottenham and a little Italian side called Juventus.
What’s worse for Leicester, is that it’s likely the Old Lady will loan Lapadula straight back out should they sign him.
The 26-year-old is firing in the goals in Serie B, with his total of 23 placing him six ahead of anyone else.
Lapadula has scored goals from every angle this season, including a stunning overhead kick a fortnight ago to settle a 1-0 success over Cesena.
The Foxes have relied heavily on the trio of Jamie Vardy, Leonardo Ulloa and Shinji Okazaki upfront this season, and it’s worked superbly.
But with the added exertion of European football next season, Ranieri ideally needs an offensive quartet with which to do battle next term.
Andrej Kramaric is unlikely to feature for Leicester again, and with Lapadula valued at just £1.5m by transfermarkt.co.uk, it seems the Foxes could easily afford the Pescara ace.
They might just need to make a move sooner rather than later
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