Leicester City could form a formidable midfield partnership this summer after being linked with a move for Lazio’s Joaquin Correa.
According to Italian newspaper La Repubblica (as reported by Get Football News Italy), the Foxes are lining up a potential €25 million (£21.2m) offer for the 26-year-old over the coming months, although the player himself may have to be convinced on the move.
Correa would be Leicester’s fourth signing of the current window following the arrivals of Patson Daka, Boubakary Soumare and Ryan Bertrand, who have all arrived as very useful additions to an already impressive first-team squad.
His impressive exploits at club level earned him a call-up to the Argentine national team setup for the recent Copa America tournament, where Correa made three appearances for Lionel Scaloni’s successful side.
These returns saw Rahul Warrier dub the South American a “menace” and clearly caught the eye of clubs across the continent.
Leicester’s apparent interest in Correa comes as little shock then, with the Midlands outfit believed to be in the market for another attacker ahead of the upcoming campaign.
After the departure of Cengiz Under following his unsuccessful loan spell, Marc Albrighton is the only natural right-winger available to Brendan Rodgers, something the Northern Irish tactician is keen to address.
And although Correa is more comfortable playing through the middle, his versatility could be an extremely appealing asset for the former Liverpool boss.
The Lazio ace has established a reputation as a fine technical player, blessed with incredible dribbling ability and an eye for a pass, skills which would perfectly compliment Youri Tielemans in the Leicester engine room.
Correa is comfortable playing on either flank, in the No.10 role, or even slightly deeper in the No.8 position, but he’d be capable of developing a potentially devastating partnership with the Belgium international wherever he lined up, such is the quality that both men possess.
It remains to be seen whether the Leicester hierarchy follow up their interest with a concrete offer, but the club’s supporters will surely be urging director of football Jon Rudkin to stump up the money and add another quality addition to Rodgers’ ranks.