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Per a tweet from Sky Sports’ Keith Downie, Leicester have agreed a £30m fee with Newcastle to sign Ayoze Perez.
BREAKING: Newcastle agree a deal with Leicester to sell Ayoze Perez for £30m. Player needs to have a medical and agree personal terms. #NUFC
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) July 2, 2019
Leicester’s transfer activity so far this window had been fairly quiet, welcoming the solitary addition of young right-back James Justin to the club.
The 21-year-old arrived last week from Luton but the Foxes now look as though they’re ramping up their preparations for next season considerably.
On Tuesday night, Geoff Peters confirmed on Twitter that Perez and his agent had met with Leicester officials over a possible move.
It was then revealed on the same platform by Downie that a deal had been agreed to take him to the King Power for £30m.
He said that a medical and personal terms were yet to be agreed, however.
One of the key components of Perez’s game is his versatility.
The 5 ft 10 forward has the ability to play as a striker, as an attacking midfielder and on the wing.
Considering Leicester already have Jamie Vardy and James Maddison in a central role, there is a case to be made that the 25-year-old could play out wide if he joins.
Perez spent the second half of the campaign playing slightly to the right of Salomon Rondon at Newcastle, an area he seemed to thrive in and have a devastating impact from.
He finished the season with six goals in five matches, one of which came against Leicester. He also netted a hat-trick playing from the right against Southampton.
And if you bear in mind his recent form from the right flank, he could revitalise that area of the pitch for Brendan Rodgers and his team.
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After the departure of Riyad Mahrez, Leicester have lacked a goal-scoring winger. Demarai Gray didn’t have the best of seasons, scoring just four, whilst Rachid Ghezzal only found the net once in the league in 2018/19.
As a result, someone who has the ability to supply goals from a wide position could be crucial heading into next season.
£30m is a huge fee to pay but it would solve a large problem area for the Foxes.