Leicester City ready to beat Arsenal to transfer of £13m midfielder Samuele Ricci
According to La Nazione, Leicester City are ready to meet Empoli’s asking price to beat Arsenal to the summer transfer of Samuele Ricci.
The Foxes and Gunners have each been in contact with the Italian midfielder’s agent, Federico Pastorello, in recent weeks to discuss potential moves to the Premier League.
Empoli are requesting €15million (£13m) to sell the 19-year-old in the upcoming window, which Leicester are not opposed to paying for the Serie B star.
Leicester and Arsenal’s interest in Ricci has been noted for several weeks, with TuttoMercatoWEB previously reporting the pair’s initial contact with Pastorello.
The restrictions on transfers following Brexit was considered to be a potential hurdle to either side concluding a deal, as the teenager could face difficulties obtaining a work permit.
Ricci enjoyed an impressive season in the Italian second-tier this term with two goals and four assists in 33 appearances, of which he only started 19.
Alberto Bollini also awarded Ricci his debut for Italy’s Under 21 side in October during their European U21 Championship qualifying fixtures, before injury prevented him from featuring at the tournament in March.
Ricci may prove to be an exciting young pick up for either Arsenal or Leicester in the summer transfer window, as his career continues on an upward trajectory after enjoying his senior breakthrough at Empoli in 2019/20.
The teenager is considered to be one of the most interesting young players in Italian football by Per Sempre Napoli, who laud the intelligence Ricci has shown beyond his years in a midfield unit that strives to play a progressive, possession-based style of football.
Ricci is also noted to have a technical ability far above the normal level of a player his age, but whether he is ready to go from the Serie B title winners to the top-end of the Premier League would remain to be seen at a relatively high cost of £13m for an unproven talent.
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