Leicester beat the clock to sign midfield star from Sampdoria

Date published: Thursday 8th August 2019 7:12

Leicester have completed the signing of Belgian midfielder Dennis Praet from Sampdoria for a fee of £18m.

Praet has signed a five-year contract at the King Power stadium, where he will team up with compatriot Youri Tielemans in midfield.

Leicester faced a race against time to complete the paperwork for the transfer – with worries recurring after they missed the deadline for registering Adrien Silva by 14 seconds two years ago.

However, this time everything was sorted out in time, meaning the Foxes have their fourth signing of the summer, following the arrivals of defender James Justin, winger Ayoze Perez and Tielemans.

A statement on the official club website said: “Leicester City Football Club have agreed terms with Sampdoria for the transfer of attacking midfielder Dennis Praet, subject to Premier League and international clearance.”

The 25-year-old began his senior career at Belgian side Anderlecht and joined Sampdoria in 2016, where he made 107 appearances and scored four goals.

He has made three senior appearances for Belgium, making his debut in a 3-1 friendly win against Iceland in November 2014.

He will now link up with his new Leicester team-mates ahead of the Foxes’ Premier League opener against Wolves on Sunday.


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