Leicester City are among a host of English clubs hot on the trail of Braga defender Bruno Viana ahead of this summer’s transfer window, according to TalkSport.
They report that the Foxes have sent scouts to watch the 24-year-old, who has been a key part of a defence that has only let in 28 goals in as many league games this season.
Brendan Rodgers reportedly faces competition from top flight rivals Watford and Wolves, as well as promotion-chasers Leeds for Viana’s signature.
The defender could apparently cost up to £10m, while Leicester may struggle to finalise their transfer plans with head of recruitment Eduardo Macia departing the club.
As impressive as Viana’s season has been, it’s not as if taking a look at Leicester’s squad belies the fact they need another centre-half.
They’ve got England World Cup hero Harry Maguire, while captain Wes Morgan has signed a new contract. Jonny Evans is an experienced Premier League defender and Felip Benkovic, with whom Rodgers worked during their time together at Celtic, is set to return from loan this summer.
On top of that, 22-year-old Caglar Soyuncu joined the club last year from Freiburg. But if Rodgers wants Viana, one may have to make way and the Turkish international could be at risk after a shaky first season in English football.
He has been unable to impress and gave away a penalty against Huddersfield on Saturday. Even if that decision was harsh, the initial miscontrol which created the opportunity indicated his nervousness.
And if Viana were to come in to add to Leicester’s bloated band of centre-halves, the Turkey man may well be the one facing the axe – he’s certainly enjoyed the least impressive season of all Rodgers’ options back there.