Leicester boss open to record striker exit amid interest

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri has revealed that he will not block a potential move away from the club this month for Andrej Kramaric.

The Croatian striker signed for the Foxes in a club-record £9m deal last January, but has largely struggled to make an impact at the King Power Stadium.

Although he featured through the back end of last season under Nigel Pearson as the club hauled their way clear to relegation, he has played just 22 minutes of league football under Ranieri.

15-goal hit-man Jamie Vardy, Leonardo Ulloa and Shinji Okazaki all appear to be some way ahead of the 24-year-old in the Italian’s pecking order, and Kramaric’s agent has already talked up interest in his client, hinting that a loan move before the end of the month may well happen.

And now Ranieri has admitted that, although he’s happy to keep the striker, a move may be best for his own development:

“If he stays I think he loses another six months. He is quoted by Sky Sports.

“I spoke with him and if he wants to say I will be very happy, because I think he is a fantastic striker, who scores goals.

“But in my team it is difficult because I prefer Leonardo Ulloa, Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okazaki as the three strikers.”