The black and yellow boys at bwin.com believe Leicester will struggle to land brilliant Chilean midfielder Charles Aranguiz from Brazilian side Internacional, but it seems the Foxes’ money men are giving it a good go at least.
You can have 11/10 about Aranguiz signing on at the King Power Stadium before the transfer window shuts, which doesn’t look a bad bet considering Leicester are already thought to be bidding for the La Roja regular, who starred during his country’s Copa America win earlier this summer.
Some media sources claim last season’s relegation great escapees are now leading the race to land the centre-mid, who bagged two goals, laid on an assist and combined with new Bayern Munich signing Arturo Vidal to screen the host nation’s defence during the three-week tournament.
Bayer Leverkusen were thought to be on the verge of picking up Aranguiz five weeks ago, while Marseille have also been mooted as a potential destination for the 26-year-old, but local paper the Leicester Mercury claim a £10.6m bid from the Foxes has been accepted by Internacional.
In fact, a photo has emerged on Twitter reputed to be Leicester representative Anderson Perry negotiating the transfer in Brazil.
Here’s the picture of Leicester City representative Anderson Perry in the meeting for Charles Aránguiz in Brazil. pic.twitter.com/8dw44pj280
— Sán (@Zizouology) July 29, 2015
The bookies go 67/100 that Aranguiz isn’t snapped up for new boss Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester rebuild, and given the scarcity of top-class midfielders coming onto the market, this bet may be the best way to go.
Manchester United may have plugged their centre-of-the-park gap with the signings of Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger, but Arsenal are known to be keeping tabs on a number of midfield targets, with many-medalled Barcelona and Spain star Sergio Busquets the latest name mentioned.
Having started most of Barca’s La Liga fixtures last year, it seems unlikely the Catalonia native will leave the club he has spent a decade with, meaning the Gunners will have to cast their net further afield.