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Leicester City: Brendan Rodgers has to secure long-term target Otavio right now

Porto midfielder Otavio has reportedly made his decision to leave the Portuguese giants in the summer.

The Brazilian will be out of contract at the Estadio do Dragao at the end of the season, with CalcioMercato suggesting that he has decided not to sign a new deal.

Having apparently held an interest in the player before, now is the perfect time for Brendan Rodgers and Leicester City to make a move.

Otavio, capable of playing out wide or in the centre of midfield, is enjoying a profitable season in Portugal having hit five goals and notched eight assists in all competitions.

Would Otavio be a good signing for Leicester City?

Of course!

Of course!

Not at all.

Not at all.

The two-time Portuguese champion would hugely improve on the numbers provided by the Foxes’ current wide options Cengiz Under, Marc Albrighton and of course Ayoze Perez, who holds a similar position. With the Spaniard having made just 16 Premier League appearances, scoring one goal, the arrival of the £18.9m-rated Otavio could see his position in the squad under real threat.

After all, Rodgers made clear of his ambitions to add to his attacking midfield options as recently as the January transfer window.

Should Otavio arrive in the East-Midlands, he would also supply plenty of European experience. With Leicester gunning for back-to-back European campaigns, this time in the UEFA Champions League, his 23 appearances in the competition would surely come in handy.

One huge benefit of the move would also be the price, or more specifically, the lack of one. With Otavio out of contract, a free transfer would allow funds to be spent elsewhere.

However, the Foxes reportedly face competition for his signature with AC Milan, AS Roma and Wolverhampton Wanderers all thought to be admirers of him too.

With Otavio now free to negotiate his next move, Rodgers should push for Leicester to organise his first signing of the summer or risk losing out on a long-term target.

AND in more news, another shrewd move could see in the Foxes bring in Celtic’s Jack Hendry…

Article title: Leicester City: Brendan Rodgers has to secure long-term target Otavio right now

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