Leicester beat Arsenal, Spurs to €20m deal for Portugal star

Date published: Sunday 20th May 2018 11:13 - James Marshment

Leicester are on the brink of completing their first summer signing after agreeing a deal for Porto defender Ricardo Pereira.

The 24-year-old, who has been named in the Portugal squad for this summer’s World Cup, will move to the King Power Stadium on a five-year contract.

Ricardo was in Leicester on Saturday to finalise personal terms and complete a medical. The deal will be finalised when international transfer clearance is received on June 9, the Premier League club have announced.

Ricardo, who has three Portugal caps, spent time on loan at Nice under the supervision of current Foxes boss Claude Puel and has also been linked with Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United.

United, however, are believed to have instead targeted Atletico right-back Sime Vrsaljko, according to reports on Sunday.

Discussing the imminent capture of the player, Foxes boss Puel admitted his happiness.

“I’m delighted to have a player of Ricardo’s quality on board for next season, I remember him well from my time at Nice,” said Puel.

Ricardo, a right-back who can also operate as a winger, is excited by the prospect of playing in the Premier League.

He told LCFC TV: “I feel very happy to be here and I can’t wait to do my best to help the team.

“The atmosphere, the fans and the football of the Premier League makes it the best in the world. I am here to support the team and to help the club to achieve its goals.”

Ricardo made 43 appearances for Porto this season, including seven in the Champions League, as the club clinched their 28th Portuguese league title.


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