Leicester City have joined the race to sign Brazilian wonder kid Gabriel Barbosa from Santos. The 19-year old has been heavily linked with Chelsea as the Blues but the Foxes are looking to hijack the deal.
According to Daily Mail, Leicester City have made a £23million offer to secure the services of Gabriel Barbosa. The Brazilian is currently playing in Rio Olympics and is set to decide on his future post the completion of Olympics.
Apart from Chelsea, Italian clubs Inter Milan and AC Milan have expressed their interest in signing the playmaker but their bids are much lower than Leicester City’s current offer. Atletico Madrid were also rumored to be interested in the attacking midfielder.
Leicester City are looking for attacking options as the future of Riyad Mahrez looks highly uncertain as both Arsenal and Chelsea are very keen to sign the talented midfielder.
The addition of Barbosa would add to the impressive attack of Leicester City which features the likes of Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okazaki as the Foxes are keen to impress in the upcoming season.
Barbosa’s agent, Wagner Ribeiro said: “Inter’s is the third official offer that Santos have received for Gabigol. For now, we want to leave Gabriel in peace.
“When the Olympics finish – with the gold medal, God willing – we will sit round the table and resolve his future. We are calm. When the Olympics finish I will sit down with Gabigol and his family and decide his future.”
The Foxes have signed Ahmed Musa this summer who has been impressive in the pre-season and are in pole position to sign the Brazilian.