Pereira set for new role? Leicester keeping tabs on Hertha’s Lazaro

Leicester are reportedly interested in Hertha Berlin’s Valentino Lazaro. This is according to journalist Raffaelle Auriemma who shared the news on the Italian radio show ‘Si gonfia la rete‘ at 1.30pm on Tuesday afternoon.

What’s the word?

The news that was relayed via CalcioNapoli24 claims that Leicester are among three clubs following Lazaro who has also attracted significant interest from Napoli and Everton.

Auriemma has claimed that the player’s agent is currently talking to the Serie A side who see him as a replacement for Jose Callejon, someone who plays in a similar role.

But the Foxes and the Toffees have scouted Lazaro at various games so competition for the Austrian is rife.

Any move won’t come cheap either. If he were to leave the Bundesliga then his potential suitor could end up paying around €25m-€30m (£21.28m-£25.54m).

Pereira to play further forward?

If Leicester were to sign the 23-year-old then it could prompt a change of position for Ricardo Pereira.

Both players occupy similar roles on the pitch, with the Portuguese international and the Hertha man being able to play at right back and right wing-back.

But the addition of Lazaro might see Brendan Rodgers utilise Pereira further forward, a role he’s flourished in at times already for the club during his debut campaign.

The 25-year-old has outstanding attacking traits, possessing pace and vision, something exemplified by him being the club’s second most creative outlet behind James Maddison.

He boasts four assists to his name this term, one of which came playing as a left forward earlier in the campaign. He’s also played on the right wing five times in 2018/19 and it’s something that could become a permanent fixture if Lazaro were to join in the summer.

The Austrian international has mainly played as a right wing-back in Germany but that shouldn’t concern Leicester if he were to arrive and play as a natural full-back.

Because of the way the Foxes have deployed Pereira as an attacking right back, Lazaro would be more than capable of fitting into their system. It can then allow Rodgers to give one of their main creative players increased freedom in the final third.