Report: Leicester handed fresh blow in transfer of £34.5m-rated Serie A defender, European giant joins race
Leicester City have been handed a fresh blow in their pursuit of Atalanta’s Robin Gosens after a Champions League oufit entered the race for the German defender.
According to Sport, Barcelona have entered the race to sign the attacking full-back just weeks after the Foxes were reported to have lodged a bid for the ace.
Reports from earlier this month claimed that Brendan Rodgers’ side had bid around €25m (£21.6m), however, the Serie A outfit were holding out for €40m (£34.5m).
Then Calciomercato claimed that the Midlands team has re-established contact with the players’ camp over a move this summer.
However, the latest updates may strike fear into the hearts of those at the King Power Stadium with the Catalan giants aiming to provide some competition for Jordi Alba at left-back.
Leicester have struggled with options on the left-side of defence with Luke Thomas having taken up the mantle amid the exit and lack of replacement for Ben Chilwell and age of veteran ace Christian Fuchs.
TBR View: Bumps have emerged on what looked a smooth road
The chase of Gosens looked to be a fairly smooth road for the Midlanders, however, the interest from Barcelona, looks to have made the ride far more bumpy for Rodgers’ men.
There is a high chance the German decides to choose the Spanish giants over a move to the United Kingdom given the difference in size of the two clubs.
History has shown Barcelona are a tough club to beat in pursuit of transfers given the rich history of the La Liga outfit. Success, whilst it wasn’t achieved this season, is almost always guaranteed, and the chance to play alongside the likes of Lionel Messi prove to be a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Then there is Leicester’s dismal end to the season which saw them miss out on Champions League football on the final day of the season despite Chelsea having lost 2-1 away to Aston Villa.
Playing amongst Europe’s elite is a dream of any footballer, and with Ronald Koeman’s side having qualified, it surely leaves them in the driving seat to complete a move for the €40m-rated man.
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