The president of Sporting Lisbon Bruno de Carvalho has confirmed that Leicester City tried to sign winger Andre Carrillo during the last transfer window. The Peru international is currently stalling on committing himself to the club despite recently holding contract talks.
Speaking to A Bola Carvalho was asked if a bid of €12m came in from Leicester City in the last window. He confirmed the only proposal that he had was from the Premier League side, but this is as far as they got with talks.
Carvalho said only when two clubs have agreed on the transfer fee then the buyer club can speak to the agent of a player, which he revealed never happened in the case with Leicester City trying to sign Carrillo.
"The only proposal that I received was that of Leicester. Is Carrillo good? If he’s good it only appears there was a proposal from Leicester, this colossus of world football? Only after the clubs agree among themselves, then the buyer club can talk to the player.
"The agent did not speak to the player. When I was young I also believed in Santa Claus, but then I stopped believing," said the Sporting Lisbon boss on the interest from Leicester City during the summer.
Carrillo has been one of Sporting Lisbon’s stand out players in the past 12 months, which has brought him to the attention of other clubs including Leicester City. The Portuguese side are hoping the Peruvian commits himself to the club as his current deal expires next summer when he will be able to leave on a free.