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Who is Leicester City signing Adrien Silva?

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It must seem like a sense of déjà vu as far as Leicester City are concerned, as a year after seeing an offer of around £25 million rejected for Adrien Silva they have managed to secure their man.

The arrival of the Sporting Lisbon midfielder was always going to be subject to Danny Drinkwater’s switch to champions Chelsea, and – at the final hour – both sides managed to finalise their signings.

Who is Adrien Silva?

To put it simply, Adrien Silva has been Mr. Sporting Lisbon throughout his career.

It is very rare that modern footballers spend a lengthy period of time committed to a single club but that is exactly what the 28-year-old has done, arriving at the club’s youth academy as a 13-year-old in 2002.

He signed his first professional contract at Sporting in 2007, and since then he’s gone on to make over 230 appearances across all competitions, featuring in the Champions League on seven occasions.

In recent years he was made captain of the side, such is his influence and impact, and it only goes to show that Leicester City are about to get a player that’ll always give 100% commitment and dedication.

On an international level he was also part of the Portugal side that won the 2016 European Championships, and since his debut in 2014 he has gone on to make 20 appearances for them.

What is the deal?

Despite a nervous wait for Leicester fans, the club announced the arrival of Silva on their official website shortly before 6pm on Friday – subject to international clearance – with the details as yet unknown.

What can the Portuguese international bring to the King Power?

If Leicester City are after a signing that could potentially replicate the composure and discipline shown by Drinkwater over recent years then there aren’t many people that can compare to Silva.

The 28-year-old is a very tenacious midfielder, coming across very gritty and determined in the middle of the park and keeping a sense of disciplined positioning that helps him nullify opposition.

However, he is not afraid to push further up the pitch if necessary, which is something he would be given the licence to do freely if he moved to the King Power with Vicente Iborra acting as the holding midfielder.

It is unseen yet as to how boss Craig Shakespeare would set out his dream midfield – particularly with Matty James and Wilfried Ndidi also in the mix – but either way, Silva is undoubtedly a very smart move.

Will is a Multimedia Journalism graduate from the University of Salford, specialising in the art of sports. Long-time suffering Northampton Town fan who once saw us win a league title. Find him on Twitter - @96PearsonW.

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Celtic boost as Leicester City pull out of race for Patrick Roberts

The winger could stay at Parkhead beyond the summer, after the latest events.

Jamie Watts

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Celtic have revived hope in the possibility of signing Patrick Roberts once again, after Leicester City pull out of negotiations for the forward, according to the Daily Mirror.

The winger looked set to depart Parkhead, come the end of his loan, as part of an exchange deal with Premier League champions Manchester City for Leicester City superstar Riyad Mahrez, but the report claims the Foxes have ended negotiations with City.

James Maddison has been confirmed at the King Power Stadium on a five-year deal today, via the official club website, effectively ending their interest in Roberts, as the two operate in similar areas.


The news will have come as a surprise to fans of the Scottish champions, as Brendan Rodgers was all but resigned to the prospect of Roberts leaving this summer. But it now looks as though he could be spending a third-consecutive season in Glasgow.

The 21-year-old is unlikely to be made a permanent addition this summer, with the Leicester Mercury reporting that the player is currently valued at £15 million, which, without serious out-goings isn’t a realistic prospect for the Bhoys.

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Rodgers will now hope he can convince Roberts to stay beyond the summer on loan, to remain as a key-part of the outfit as they begin their title defence. And the Manchester City man may have to accept if alternate suitors fail to make enquiries and he wishes to continue playing regularly.

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Forgotten Leicester City man Yohan Benalouane will hope to keep England at bay this evening

The 31-year-old Leicester defender will hope to start for Tunisia.

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England take on Tunisia this evening in their opening World Cup fixture. Whilst not many names on The Eagles of Carthage team-sheet will ring a bell there are some familiar faces. Sunderland fans will know all too well the talents of attacker Wahbi Khazri, who still remains a Black Cat.

Leicester City fans will, however, be forgiven for forgetting that one of the Tunisia players is still at the King Power. Yohan Benalouane will be hoping to make just his fifth appearance for the Tunisia national team against England this evening.

Born in France the 31-year-old had been called up by Tunisia two times previously. However, his form at Parma and Atalanta saw him on the cusp of a French call-up and he always turned down the nation of his heritage. Until March, when he finally decided to accept the call and become a Tunisian international.

Now he is fighting for his place in the starting XI, something he is used to with Leicester.

Signed from Atalanta in a deal rumoured to be worth £5.6 million he arrived on the same day as N’Golo Kante. Whilst the latter went on to help Leicester claim the title, the Tunisian has had a far less impressive run with the Foxes.

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He barely featured in Leicester’s title-winning campaign, spending an unsuccessful spell on loan at Fiorentina in the second half of the campaign. His game time was so minimal he did not receive a winner’s medal.

The following season he was initially not given a squad number but he was brought in from the cold by new manager Craig Shakespeare.

But this season has again been a struggle for Benalouane. He played just one game in the Premier League last season, a 2-0 loss against West Ham in May.

Tonight his place in the starting XI, much like his Foxes team-mates and England stars Harry Maguire and Jamie Vardy, is up for debate. But he will be chomping at the bit to keep England quiet and prove a point to his parent club Leicester ahead of another season at the King Power.

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Tottenham should move for Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez in quest for creative forward

The Leicester City maestro could become a world beater at Tottenham.

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is undoubtedly looking to bolster his attacking options this term, and a number of stellar names have been linked with moves to north London. But so far nothing has gathered any real traction on that front.

A brief spell of hope in the pursuit of priority target Anthony Martial materialised yesterday, as his agent revealed the player’s desire to leave Manchester United, in quotes via RMC Sport. But, United sharply asserted that the player remains in their plans next season, just hours later, in reports from Sky Sports. And Pochettino will have reevaluate his targets once more.

One name the club has yet to be linked with is Leicester City‘s Riyad Mahrez. And that comes as something of a surprise, when considering the criteria Pochettino is looking for.

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The Argentine coach is looking to improve the supply line to 41 goal striker Harry Kane, and few if any, are as creative as Mahrez in the final third in England. The former Premier League Player of the Year is able to play across all front-three roles, and is equally effective in all of them – amassing an impressive 13 goals and 13 assists in 41 appearances this term.

Mahrez is clearly looking to engineer a move away from the King Power Stadium, following his 10-day absence in January, after the club blocked the Algerian’s move to champions Manchester City (Sky Sports), and Tottenham should now join the running for his signature.

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There are obvious concerns over the player’s valuation, with the Foxes turning down seriously lucrative bids of £60 million from Pep Guardiola in January, but Leicester are likely to concede for less now, as the player fulfilled his duty to the club – and they have time to bring in replacements, unlike transfer deadline day.

Daniel Levy will have to accept that a quality attacking addition capable of propelling Spurs to silverware will cost a serious fee, and it’s simply a sign of the times if he doesn’t want to fall behind rivals in the quest for the highest honours.

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