Leicester €13m offer would almost certainly be accepted in January

Around transfer deadline day in the summer, Leicester were publicly looking for a winger, and a bid for Sporting CP’s André Carrillo was reported.

Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho confirmed that offer himself, saying "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."

Rejected by Sporting CP, Leicester ended up settling for Swansea’s Nathan Dyer on loan instead.

With all this in mind, the player’s situation in Portugal has been something of a nightmare recently, after the Peruvian winger rejected Sporting CP’s renewal offer.

Accused of “betrayal” by Sporting CP’s president, Carrillo has been banned from playing football at the club, and there's currently an investigation ongoing into all the things he may have done wrong - Not sign a contract. 

André Carrillo’s contract currently runs out in June 2016, and Bruno de Carvalho has publicly stated he will not let the player go at zero cost, meaning a sale in January is a strong possibility.

Leicester’s offer in the summer stood at around €13m (£9.38m) bonuses included, but was dismissed by the Portuguese club, who were demanding €15m would be the minimum offer Sporting would accept from a foreign club.

Currently lacking match fitness and with his contract running out in six months, it seems that if Leicester were to make a similar offer in January, Sporting CP would be forced to seriously consider it.

If teams weren’t prepared to pay €15m last summer, they most certainly won’t want to in January.

Tom Coast.

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