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Leicester City eye a 17 million euros transfer for Sporting midfielder: A good move by Brendan Rodgers?

When it comes to the transfer market, Leicester are simply one of the best in the business.

The latest reports in England suggest that Leicester City eye a 17 million euros transfer for Sporting CP midfielder João Palhinha.

The Portugal international joined Sporting from Sacavenense for a fee in the region of 37,000 euros in 2013. His contract expires in the summer of 2025.

The midfielder has featured in 18 matches for Sporting this term, netting one goal.

João Palhinha
João Palhinha

Palhinha has represented Portugal at Under-18, Under-19 and Under-20 level, winning 18 caps and scoring one goal.

His performances have seen him become the target of many European clubs including Leicester.

The Foxes are looking to sign a midfielder and have identified the 25-year-old as potential transfer target.

Leicester City
Leicester City

Brendan Rodgers is a firm fan of Sporting midfielder and Leicester could make a move for the player if the financial aspect makes sense.

Leicester City are in the market for just a handful of statement signings who can improve the first-team.

The Portugal international will offer the Leicester City boss the freedom to be more flexible with his formations, tactics and team selections. Palhinha has the quality and the experience to make an immediate impact.

According to the report,”Sporting CP midfielder João Palhinha is interesting Leicester City. Portuguese sources say Leicester have turned their attentions to Palhinha after missing out on two other targets. The Foxes have been priced out of a move for Christian Eriksen, while Arsenal look to have beaten them to the signing of Martin Odegaard. Palhinha is one of the options on Brendan Rodgers’ shortlist. It is thought Palhinha could be acquired for around £15million, though he is a more defensive midfielder, while Leicester would prefer someone who will add extra attacking impetus.”


Sporting CP are not in a position where they need to sell and would like to keep hold of the midfielder, but offers of at least 17 million euros may force the club to consider a deal.

João Palhinha ideal fit for Leicester City?

If João Palhinha is available for the right price, then he could be a clever acquisition for Leicester.

All in all, Palhinha will be an ideal choice for Brendan Rodgers as he ticks all the right boxes in terms of what he demands from his midfielders.

It will be interesting to see if Leicester make their move for the 25-year-old in the coming days.

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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.

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