Leicester City could be set to sell midfielder Dennis Praet this summer after the 27-year-old became increasingly frustrated with his lack of playing time last season.
According to The Athletic’s Rob Tanner, the Belgium international could depart the King Power Stadium over the coming months in search of regular game time.
The report claims that a return to previous club Sampdoria is on the cards for Praet after the arrival of Boubakary Soumare forced him further down the Foxes’ pecking order.
Although Praet is undoubtedly a talented player, he’s failed to establish himself on English shores, and news of his potential sale should leave the club’s supporters feeling elated.
Due to the financial impact of the ongoing pandemic, Leicester are working on a limited budget this summer, and the arrivals of Patson Daka and Soumare, from RB Salzburg and Lille respectively, are thought to have drained their budget significantly.
Therefore, selling some fringe players is going to be the best and most effective way of boosting Brendan Rodgers’ resources, allowing the Northern Irish tactician to bring in other transfer targets as a result.
With three years remaining on his current contract and a market value of £16.2 million, Praet’s proposed exit could raise substantial funds for the Midlands outfit.
Several exciting names such as Ozan Kabak and Domenico Berardi have been heavily linked with moves to the current FA Cup holders in recent weeks, and moves for the pair could be partly financed by Praet’s return to Serie A.
The diminutive creative force found himself playing second fiddle to James Maddison and Ayoze Perez last term, making just 24 appearances in all competitions, scoring only two goals, and providing just two further assists.
His potential departure will come as little shock to the fanbase then, and his exit may be further indication that the club have no intention of selling Maddison this summer amid interest from fellow Premier League side Arsenal, which would also delight the Foxes fans.