If reports coming from Spain are anything to go by on Tuesday morning then Leicester City are on the verge of securing the signing of experienced Sevilla midfielder Vicente Iborra.
According to Sevilla’s official website, the two clubs have come to a principal agreement over a switch to the Premier League, with Iborra poised to undergo a medical and agree personal terms.
And further reports from Spanish outlet Marca have alleged that a move for the Sevilla captain could be worth £10.5 million, with the Foxes prepared to offer him a lengthy contract and an improved wage package.
A statement from Sevilla said: “If everything goes as expected, Vicente Iborra will leave Nervión after four seasons of delivery and commitment, wearing the armband as the first captain in his last campaign.
“Three Europa Leagues, 172 games and 30 goals are the numbers of a colossus that beyond their achievements will remain in the memory for their leadership in and out of the field.”
Leicester City supporters may need a re-jig of their memories but most would have already seen the veteran defensive midfielder in action, with Iborra captaining Sevilla during their Champions League last-16 defeat to the Foxes last season, and this could prove to be an outstanding signing from them.
At 29 years of age, there is little that Iborra hasn’t experienced in the game yet, leading his side to three consecutive Europa League titles as Sevilla dominated the competition for a lengthy period.
And this innate sense of leadership – allied with the likes of Wes Morgan and Danny Drinkwater already in the Leicester ranks – could give the Foxes a really solid spine of a side ahead of next year.
Iborra – who made 172 appearances and scored 30 times in Spain – is the perfect fit for the Premier League, with his six-feet and three-inch frame giving him a natural ability to compete whilst in the air.
Add to this his strong nature in the tackle, his incredibly powerful physique and his no-nonsense attitude to dealing with opposition players and he is the gritty player that could light up the King Power.
After being trialled in a more attacking role during his time in Seville he also has a versatility to his play that could come in handy should injuries pop up during the campaign – or should the Foxes need a direct runner further up the pitch – having a good instinct to be in the right place in the final third.
When considering the current state of the transfer market, a shade over £10 million for a player of Iborra’s quality and experience is an exceptional piece of business from the owners at Leicester City.
After an undeniable season of two halves last year it seems that Craig Shakespeare is doing his utmost to make clever signings this summer to have the Foxes competing in the top-half once again next year.
With Iborra all-but secured, and with Football Italia reporting that a move for Sassuolo striker Gregoire Defrel is also now approaching on the horizon, it’s exciting times to be a Leicester City fan once again.
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