Leicester City have had an initial bid for Atalanta defender Robins Gosens turned down as Brendan Rodgers looks to strengthen his first-team squad.
What’s the story?
According to the Italian outlet La Gazetta dello Sport, the Foxes have made an opening offer of £17 million for the highly-rated German international.
However, the report claims that Atalanta rejected the bid for Gosens, informing Leicester that their asking price is almost double the fee they presented at £30m.
Fans will be buzzing
Although the club’s supporters will be disappointed to hear an agreement is still some way off between the two clubs, a large section will be buzzing to know that the Leicester hierarchy are targeting such a high calibre of player.
Gosen’s has impressed since joining Gian Piero Gasperini’s men four years ago, bagging 27 goals and providing 20 assists in 149 appearances despite playing the majority of games at wing-back.
His outstanding displays have won many plaudits in Italy and across the continent, with his current manager leading the praise following a standout performance against Crotone last season.
“He’s doing well, he’s an extraordinary guy,” Gasperini said. “He has added a scoring ability in the penalty area with both his head and his feet.
“He’s a sniper because he knows how to read the attacking phase well, making himself ready.”
If Leicester want to secure their man, then they may have to move quickly. Recent reports revealed that several of the continent’s top teams are also chasing the 6 ft beast’s signature, with Barcelona amongst the potential suitors.
Rodgers is believed to be in the market for some defensive reinforcements this summer after experienced duo Wes Morgan and Christian Fuchs departed the King Power Stadium.
A long-term injury to James Justin has further emphasised the need for fresh legs at the back, and Gosens would be seen as a significant coup for the current FA Cup holders.
The Midlands outfit may be at an advantage over their rivals in the pursuit for the versatile wideman after they did business with Atalanta 12 months ago, bringing Timothy Castagne to the Premier League in a £21.5m deal.
Gosens could be the final piece of the Leicester jigsaw in their push for a top-four finish, and the fanbase will likely be urging director of football Jon Rudkin to get this deal over the line.
They’ll be buzzing if Gosens ends up playing at The King Power Stadium next season.