Leicester City have stolen a march on Europe’s elite, submitting a £23m bid for Brazilian wonderkid, Gabriel Barbosa, 19.
Internazionale, Barcelona and Juventus have all enquired about the striker with his current club, Santos.
Gabigol, as the youngster is known in his homeland, is currently enduring a barren spell with the Brazilian Olympic squad in Rio where tonight, without a goal and just two points to their name, they meet Denmark in their final group match which they must win or face a humiliating group stage exit.
Whilst the Foxes have yet to meet the £30m price tag Santos placed on the striker, they are the closest yet and a delegation is preparing to fly from Sao Paulo to the east Midlands for talks this week.
Claudio Ranieri, who has agreed a new contract with the club, has just one black cloud on the horizon. An Italian journalist photographed himself with Riyad Mahrez, 25, and claimed the Algerian winger checked into the Chelsea Harbour Hotel yesterday.
Amid claims that Mahrez has told the Premier League champions he wants to move to London, the increasing speculation over his future wasn’t helped by Adidas selling Chelsea shirts with “Mahrez 7” on the back.
Although hastily removed from their website, the kit manufacturer only made the mistake once before when they sold Henrikh Mkhitaryan Manchester United shirts before the Armenian moved to Old Trafford earlier this summer.
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