Claudio Ranieri is looking to begin his first campaign as the manager of Leicester City by stealing a target right from under the nose of former club Chelsea.
According to the Daily Mail, the Foxes have agreed a club record £10.5m fee with Internacional for midfielder Charles Aranguiz. The Mail suggest that the 26-year-old has been closely monitored by the Blues, as well as their closest rivals in the Premier League last season, Manchester City.
However, the Metro reported last month that Jose Mourinho’s interest had seen them attempt to strike a deal for the Chile international.
While a fee has been agreed, it appears that the Foxes may have some work to do if they wish to convince the Copa America winner to move to the King Power Stadium.
The Mail report that Marseille and Bayer Leverkusen have also made bids for Aranguiz, and it is the latter that he would prefer to join.
However, he may be more tempted to make the switch to the Premier League when he hears the other names that Ranieri has been after.
The Mail report that the club are hoping to conclude deals for Yohan Benalouane and N’Golo Kante, but are still planning to make an audacious bid for Napoli’s Gokhan Inler. However, despite a fee being agreed (via Mail), the 31-year-old is not particularly keen on a switch to the English side.
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