Pescara striker Gianluca Lapadula has outlined his dreams of securing a move to Leicester – and says he could form a dynamic partnership with Jamie Vardy.
Lapadula has also admitted he would love to work under “legendary” Claudio Ranieri.
The frontman has netted 24 goals as his side reached the promotion play-offs in Serie B this season – and his impressive form has seen him linked with a move to Juventus.
However, Ranieri has personally called the Italian striker the discuss a potential transfer to leave the Premier League champions in pole position.
A Lapadula-Vardy partnership next season is the dream for Ranieri, and the Foxes boss has made securing the Pescara frontman’s signature a priority this summer.
The Italian striker reveals he has always been a long-term admirer of the Premier League but insists there is one man in particular he would love to play alongside.
In quotes reported by The Sun, he said: “I have always loved English football, the Premier League.
“Being approached by Leicester has made me so proud.
“I used to be a massive fan of Steven Gerrard and Didier Drogba growing up. Drogba was a real top centre forward.
“But now I love Vardy. He’s fantastic — I could really see myself playing alongside him.
“We both like the same style of football and are physically very similar.
“Me and him together? The King Power would explode!
“We would be dynamite together. We would be like two gladiators going into battle.”
Lapadula on Ranieri
Lapadula also reveals his admiration for Foxes boss Ranieri.
The ex-Chelsea manager won the first league title of his 30-year career in management with Leicester.
And the man nicknamed ‘Sir William’ insists anyone would love to play under the “legendary” Italian.
He added: “For anyone, Ranieri is the maximum. I would be proud to play for him.
“Ranieri has had a great career in Italy and managed some great clubs.
“In England, he has made history and become a legend.
“I think like he does: the team always comes first. I always play every game like it’s a final.
“I would do everything possible to help Leicester win.”
Lapadula, 26, has enjoyed a meteoric rise from the famed Pescara academy.
The Italian side have produced gems such as Marco Verratti, Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne in recent seasons under the guidance of president Daniele Sebastiani.
Lapadula’s journey to the top echoes Vardy’s.
The striker has spent several years in the lower tiers of Italian football, before seemingly getting his chance to move onto bigger and better things.
He said: “I have sweated a lot and spent many years in the lower leagues — like Vardy.
“If my dream of going to Leicester were to materialise, I would feel extremely happy and ready for the challenge.
“I would give it my all to be successful in the Premier League. I am a fighter.”