Leicester have confirmed the signing of Adrien Silva, subject to international clearance. City asked for an extension to Thursday’s transfer deadline to finalise a £22m move for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Silva. A club statement released on Friday afternoon said final clearance had still not been received, and Sky sources say it could be next week before the deal is ratified. Silva was targeted as a replacement for Danny Drinkwater, who was sold to Chelsea for £35m in the final hours of the summer window. The 28-year-old, a Euro 2016 winner with Portugal, has scored 32 goals in 136 league appearances during his six years with Sporting.
Leicester striker Leonardo Ulloa has signed a new contract with the club, it has been confirmed.
The 31-year-old has put pen to paper on a deal to keep him at the King Power Stadium until 2019.
Ulloa looked set to leave Leicester last season after accusing then-manager Claudio Ranieri of reneging on a promise that he could join another club.
However, since Craig Shakespeare’s appointment as manager the Argentinian appears settled again, despite first-team opportunities seeming limited as one of six striker at the club.
“I am so happy because I have lived massive moments with this club and it makes me happy to stay here and fight to help the team and increase the club’s history,” Ulloa told the club’s official website.
“That is so important and I am so happy for this two-year contract. Now I have to fight to play. I will train and give my best. I appreciate it a lot to stay here and I am so happy here now. For that, I want to continue in this in the same way by working hard and working my best for the club.”
Ulloa has made 96 appearances and scored 20 goals in three seasons at Leicester, and Shakespeare is pleased to see him extend his stay.
“Leo’s goals and performances have been key to some wonderful moments for this football club since he first joined and I’m delighted to have him with us for another two years.
“He’s a popular member of the squad and gives us an excellent option in attack.”
Ulloa made his first appearance of the season against Sheffield United on Tuesday night in the Carabao Cup.
Arsenal 4-3 Leicester City
Substitute Olivier Giroud headed in a dramatic late winner as Arsenal fought back to beat Leicester City in a thrilling start to the 2017-18 Premier League season.
Arsene Wenger’s men were 3-2 down with seven minutes remaining but goals from substitutes Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud stole the game from under Leicester’s noses.
Alexandre Lacazette headed the Gunners ahead 94 seconds into his top-flight debut, only for Shinji Okazaki to nod in an equaliser just two minutes later.
Vardy then slid the visitors ahead from Marc Albrighton’s cross, before Danny Welbeck drew Arsenal level at the end of a pulsating opening half.
Leicester took the lead again when Vardy headed in Riyad Mahrez’s corner before Arsene Wenger made an inspired double substitution which sparked Arsenal’s comeback.
Substitute Ramsey smashed in an angled drive – from a corner which was won after Mesut Ozil handled in the build-up – before Giroud showed athleticism and strength to meet Granit Xhaka’s corner.
Arsenal started the new Premier League season having won just one of their previous five opening matches – all of which were also home fixtures.
Giroud’s days at Arsenal appeared to be numbered following the arrival of fellow France striker Lacazette from Lyon for a club-record £46.5m fee.
And Wenger revealed after Friday’s win that Giroud, who has scored 97 goals in 231 appearances since joining from Montpellier in 2012, could have left the Gunners this summer.
“At one stage I opened the door for him as I knew I had many strikers, and in the end he decided to stay,” said Wenger.
“He doesn’t want to leave and I’m happy he wants to stay.”
The 30-year-old wasted no time in proving his worth with another vital goal after coming on as a substitute.
Giroud offers a different, more physical option for Wenger, but is hoping for a more substantial role at the club.
Since the start of last season, he has scored seven Premier League goals when coming off the bench – three more than any other player in the same period.
“I prefer to be on the pitch as much as I can but I want to help the team reach the targets,” he said.
Leicester have signed forward Kelechi Iheanacho from Manchester City.
The Foxes have paid £25m for the 20-year-old, who has penned a five-year deal at the King Power.
He becomes manager Craig Shakespeare’s fourth major signing of the summer following the arrivals of Harry Maguire, Vicente Iborra and Eldin Jakupovic.
City have the option to buy the Nigeria international back for £50m. “It feels good and I’m happy to be part of this team.
I know the ambition of the team and speaking with the manager, he let me know what I need to do – to help the team achieve what they want.
I was convinced and I’m happy to be here,” Iheanacho told LCFC TV.
“I was happy speaking with the manager, knowing what the team wants. It gives me more confidence that I will fit in this team and hopefully I’ll achieve a lot.”
“It’s a great signing for us. Kelechi is an enormously talented player that has shown a huge amount of promise at every level in which he’s played. “We’ve tracked his progress for some time, so we know how much quality he’ll bring to the squad.
He’s young, he’s hungry, he’s ready for the next stage of his development and I’m delighted that will be with Leicester City.”
Iheanacho featured 28 times for City last season under Pep Guardiola, scoring seven goals.
However, he made just one start for City in 2017, with that appearance coming back on January 2 in the 2-1 win over Burnley.
Iheanacho joined City’s academy in 2014 and made his first-team debut in the 2-0 victory over Watford in August 2015.
He scored his first City goal on his second appearance for the club and went on to net a further 13 goals during the 2015/16 campaign, which included a hat-trick against Aston Villa in the FA Cup.
He will wear the No. 8 shirt and join fellow Nigerians Ahmed Musa and Wilfred Ndidi at the King Power Stadium.
Iheanacho signed a new contract with City until 2021 at the beginning of last season but saw his first-team opportunities at the Etihad curtailed by the arrival of Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus in January.
City said in a statement:
“Everyone at Manchester City wishes Kelechi all the best with his new challenge.”
Kelechi Iheanacho has had a medical at Leicester on Tuesday ahead of a £25m transfer from Manchester City
The striker has stayed behind in the UK and not travelled with the City squad for their pre-season tour in the US as a move to Leicester edges ever closer.
Wilfried Bony, who spent last season at Stoke, also looks to be on his way out, but Guardiola insists the only reason he is absent from City’s American tour is due to injury.
While also admitting City have placed a buyback clause in Iheanacho’s proposed transfer.
“It was/is an honour to work with him because it was not easy for him because I did not give him a little opportunities,” Guardiola said of Iheanacho. “His behaviour, I’ve never saw a guy like him (before).
“He is close to making a deal, a transfer and he decided to stay in Manchester. Maybe next week or the next 10 days he is going to finish.
“We have an option to have the opportunity in a few years to bring him back.
“But he’s a young player and we believe he deserves to play. He needs to play at that age and that’s why him, the club and everybody, we decide what’s best for him.
“Bony is injured. If he wasn’t injured, he would be here but he had a little problem. It’s nothing important and serious, but he is recovering in Manchester.”
The 24-year-old had a year remaining on his contract at Hull but following the club’s relegation from the Premier League he has joined the Foxes on a five-year deal.
Maguire told the Leicester website: “It’s obviously a very exciting time for myself.
“Once I had my eyes on this club, I always wanted to join. Thankfully I’m here, so I can’t wait to get the season started and kick on.
“There were a number of clubs interested, but when I met the manager here, he pretty much swayed it into the direction of this club.
“He showed me the way that the club is going. It’s on the up and it looks very promising for the future, so credit to the gaffer.
“You can see that with the structure of the club, it’s going to look upwards rather than down, so that was a big reason why, as soon as I knew there was an interest, I wanted to jump at the opportunity.”
Maguire will link up with his new team-mates in early July ahead of Leicester’s pre-season training camp in Austria. Reports suggest his deal is worth around £80k-a-week.
Maguire was a stand-out performer for Hull during the 2016/17 campaign and was expected to leave the club following their relegation from the Premier League.
The 24-year-old joined the Tigers in the summer of 2014 from Sheffield United for a fee of £2.5m and the Blades will receive a windfall from Maguire’s sale after inserting a sell-on clause in the deal that took him to East Yorkshire.
Maguire spent time on loan at Wigan during his first year with Hull before helping the club win promotion from the Championship the year after.
Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has undergone a medical ahead of a planned £30m move to Everton.
- Alvaro Morata, 24, could complete his £65m move from Real Madrid to Manchester United by early next week.
- Gareth Bale, 27, is not looking for a move from Real Madrid despite Manchester United’s interest in him.
- Arsenal are among those keeping a close eye on Chris Smalling’s situation at Manchester United.
- Manchester City will try to fund half of their summer transfer spree with a planned £130m clearout, led by goalkeeper Joe Hart, 30, and striker Kelechi Iheanacho, 20, for whom the Blues aim to get £25m each.
- Crystal Palace will challenge West Ham to the signing of Kelechi Iheanacho from Manchester City.
- Palace have held talks with Manuel Pellegrini to succeed Sam Allardyce as manager.
- Manchester United have not made an official offer for Andrea Belotti and are having doubts about the Torino striker’s €100 million (£88m) buy-out clause.
- Jose Mourinho has been nicknamed “Daisy” by his Manchester backroom staff, in reference to the film ‘Driving Miss Daisy’, because the Portuguese boss is always getting a lift to the training ground.
- Liverpool must pay Roma £35.5m if they want to sign 24-year-old Egypt winger Mohamed Salah.
- Chelsea will request £10 million from Liverpool in compensation for Dominic Solanke.
- The Reds are offering £3m, which is below Chelsea’s initial valuation of £8m, but they have increased that even further after his vital role in England’s U20 World Cup win.
- Birmingham City have made a contract offer to former Chelsea and England captain John Terry, according to Blues boss Harry Redknapp.
- Leicester have teamed up with rock band Kasabian to produce a new fashion range, which combines rock and roll and football.
- The Foxes are set to offer Hull defender Harry Maguire a £20.8m contract, which will earn the 24-year-old £80,000 a week over five years. (Sun)
- Hull manager Leonid Slutsky has held discussions with Chelsea owner and compatriot Roman Abramovich over taking some Blues players on loan next season.
- Turkish side Fenerbahce are reportedly planning a double bid for Leicester City forwards Jamie Vardy, 30, and Ahmed Musa, 24.
- Basaksehir vice-president Mustafa Saral has said Tottenham and Manchester United target Cengiz Under, 19, is the subject of interest from a number of clubs.
- Arsenal have made a €12 million bid for Fenerbache defender Simon Kjaer.
- Hector Bellerin hopes Barcelona will continue to try to sign him from Arsenal after talks with president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
- Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane will one day become boss of the France national side, the French Football Federation (FFF) president Noel Le Graet has said.
- Danilo will stay at Real Madrid next season after telling the club he is ready to fight for his place in Zinedine Zidane’s team.
- RB Leipzig are trying to hold off interest from Manchester City and Barcelona two of their youth team stars.
- Central midfielder Erik Majetschak, 17, has attracted attention from Manchester City, while striker Niklas Kuhn is coveted by Barcelona.
- Former Borussia Dortmund bossThomas Tuchel has ruled himself out of the vacant manager’s job at Southampton
- Mauricio Pellegrino and Frank de Boer are the two names on the shortlist to replace Claude Puel.
- Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus will not require surgery on a fractured eye socket inflicted by club team-mate Nicolas Otamendi in an international friendly on Friday.
- Cristiano Ronaldo said “sometimes the best answer is to be quiet” in the wake of allegations he defrauded the Spanish tax office of £14.7m.
- Fernando Torres, 33, has rejected a big-money offer from Mexican side Queretaro to stay at Atletico Madrid for another season.
- If midfielder Marco Verratti wants to play for Barcelona next season, the 24-year-old will have to take an active role in forcing through his exit from Paris St-Germain, according to the French club.
- Michael Keane reportedly “changed his mind” over re-signing for Manchester United once he learnt Jose Mourinho wanted to sign two centre-backs.
- Anderson Talisca believes he could be set for a move to Manchester United this summer after claiming Jose Mourinho “has a love” for him.
- Paul Pogba used Instagram to show off his latest haircut, which appears to be a mixture of the French national colours and Chinese symbols.
- Everton will begin discussions in Italy regarding possible summer transfers, with one of their scouts naming AC Milan forward Carlos Bacca, 30, and Napoli striker Duvan Zapata, 26, as potential targets.
- Sunderland forward Fabio Borini, 26, is reportedly hoping for a move back to Italy this summer, despite interest from Celtic.
- Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has targeted a move for Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos.
- Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe has said he will have to “sort” through his offers this summer, with Arsenal and Real Madrid both keen on the 18-year-old.
- Paris-Saint-Germain boss Unai Emery has admitted his side’s interest in signing Kylian Mbappe
- PSG have reportedly pulled out of their proposed deal to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after deciding his €70million was ‘too expensive’.
- Liverpool target Emre Mor has been given permission to speak to other clubs amid reports there are offers on the table for the youngster.
- LA Galaxy are eyeing Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Ospina.
- Arsenal remain determined to resist any offer from Manchester City or Chelsea this summer for 28-year-old forward Alexis Sanchez.
- Emre Can is poised to sign a new £100,000 a week contract with Liverpool.
- Can is believed to have been offered a a new four-year deal, that will tie him to Anfield until 2021 and the Germany international is all set to sign up.
- Juventus have offered €35million to Sevilla to sign Steven N’Zonzi but will move for Emre Can if they fail to reach an agreement.
- Juve are hoping to complete a deal for Pescara’s Mamadou Coulibaly.
- PSG are huge admirers of Manchester United target Ivan Perisic and have demanded the Croatian winger as part of Inter Milan’s plans to sign Lucas Moura.
- Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa has told Juventus he wants to join the club.
- Bayern have slapped a €50m price tag on Douglas Costa amid interest from Juventus and Tottenham.
- AC Milan are to consider including a €105million release clause in Gianluigi Donnarumma’s new deal.
- Milan striker Carlos Bacca, who is being linked with Arsenal and West Ham, is expected to agree a move to Marseille.
- Everton target M’Baye Niang is being linked with a move to Torino.
- Malaga could look to replace Everton target Sandro Ramirez with Swansea forward Borja Baston.
- Roma are emerging as leading candidates to sign Jean-Michael Seri from Nice.
- Napoli are ready to reluctantly accept an improved Chelsea bid for defender Kalidou Koulibaly, with the Blues reportedly ready to bid €60m in the coming days.
- Diego Costa’s brother claims the Chelsea striker has had “a lot of offers” to leave the Premier League champions this summer.
- Hull manager Leonid Slutsky has held discussions with Chelsea owner and compatriot Roman Abramovich over taking some Blues players on loan next season.
- An Argentine football player has caused outrage after admitting that he used a needle to hurt his rivals during a cup match on Sunday.
- Federico Allende, a defender for lower-division club Sport Pacifico, bragged in a radio interview about using the needle several times against strikers from top-division club Estudiantes.
- Kyle Bartley is being heavily linked with a move to Middlesbrough, with reports suggesting Garry Monk has already spoken to the Swansea player about a move to Teesside.
- Rangers are poised to end their hunt for a director of football by appointing Manchester City academy director Mark Allen to the role.
- The Italian referee who made history by giving the first video-assistant red card in international football to France’s Raphael Varane against England on Tuesday night got the protocol wrong and bungled the decision.
- FA Cup replays are set to be ditched and the competition may soon be a midweek event.
Leicester City 1 – 6 Tottenham Hotspur
Harry Kane bagged four goals to take him to the top of the Premier League scoring charts as Tottenham thrashed Leicester 6-1.
Though Chelsea ended their Premier League title hopes last week, there was no let-up from Mauricio Pochettino’s side, who won for the 25th time in the league this season.
Kane helped himself to two predatory goals from close range before rattling in twice from 20 yards in the last few minutes to move to 26 league goals for the campaign.
Son Heung-min also scored fine goals either side of half-time, volleying in Dele Alli’s masterful pass, and bending in from 25 yards after a swift counter-attack.
Leicester, who are yet to make a decision on manager Craig Shakespeare’s future, played their part in an entertaining game.
Ben Chilwell momentarily sparked hopes of a fightback by making it 2-1, but the Foxes ultimately had no answer to this in-form Tottenham side.
A lot has been said about how ridiculously poor Mourinho’s team has been this season. Against Leicester, it took them an hour to get out of the team bus but by then Leicester City was already out of sight with Mahrez and Vardy providing two goals. While Chelsea’s poor form has been analysed and reanalysed, and then reanalysed again, little has been said about how good this Leicester side has been.
Nigel Pearson’s sack was widely criticised by fans, pundits and the media. But, the arrival of Claudio Ranieri has been like a breath of fresh air. The Italian manager has had difficult spells since he was sacked from Chelsea in 2004. At Leicester, the Italian has been reborn. The brand of football on display at the King Power Stadium has been exhilarating. In the first 60 minutes, they were like a moving train and the Blues felt the full effect. The Champion improved in the final 30 minutes but aside the goal Leicester City conceded, they looked assured at the back showing a ruthless and efficient resilience that Mourinho would have been proud of.
Claudio Ranieri may be trying hard to keep the target low and even dismiss a title challenge, but this Leicester side must now be taken seriously. Only 5 points are required to meet the manager’s target of 40 points. But surely, you expect that the expectation will have to go up. In Mahrez and Vardy, they have the most potent duo in the league. Both combined have scored more goals than 16 other teams in the league. Past league winners have depended on star players to provide goals. The great Arsenal sides had Thierry Henry or Ian Wright. Manchester United had Ruud Van Nistelrooy and City has Sergio Aguero. Leicester City however, boasts of two very potent forwards. The key has been to get the ball forward to them quickly and they have duly punished every defence they have come against this season.
They may fall away before the end of the season but there is something about them that makes one feel they will have a big say. Chelsea’s star players may have “betrayed” their manager last night but Leicester City ensured that happened. They in fact were the catalyst meaning that Mourinho was forced to make changes more in desperation. They forced Chelsea into very uncomfortable situations and saying Chelsea were poor will amount to us not giving the Foxes the credit the quality of their play deserved. Chelsea will not win the league. They may not even make the Champions League next season unless they win the competition this season. But for Leicester City, their fans can start to dream.
Claudio Ranieri takes high-flying Leicester City to Wales to face a team who are gradually finding their way down the table. Swansea City are on a poor run of form and have won just one in their last 10 Premier games, drawing three and losing the other six. They come up against a Jamie Vardy who is in the form of his life. The English forward has scored in his last 11 Premier League games and there is a sense of near certainty that he could add a Swansea side low on confidence to his list of victims and conquest.
Swansea City have an impressive record at home to the Foxes and have won their last three league games at home against their opponents this weekend without conceding a single goal. However, the contrasting fortunes of both sides could make such stats history and even irrelevant. Swansea City has failed to score in six of their last 10 Premier League games. Ranieri has tried to play down the significance of Leicester City’s fine start but such modesty can take nothing away from his side who have lost just one of their 14 Premier League games so far this season – their lowest tally of defeats at this stage of a top-flight season and they have scored in each of their 14 Premier League games this season. Even the biggest pessimist will admit that this side has to be taken seriously.
Jonjo Shelvey is available again for selection after serving his suspension, but Franck Tabanou will be unavailable for several weeks after injuring a thigh muscle in training.
Leicester will be without Ritchie de Laet for around a month due to an ankle injury while Matty James will not recover in time for the game. Nathan Dyer is ineligible against his parent club following his loan move to the Foxes.
The Saints march into this fixture in buoyant mood after their comprehensive victory at the home of the Champions. Their poor start to the season seems like ages ago and the manner in which they dismantled Chelsea with ruthless and clinical efficiency must have impressed their Dutch manager. Leicester City has also carried on from where they ended last season and a change in manager has not affected the side. They have been very impressive going forward and this game has the potential of being a classic.
Jamie Vardy has been a bright spark in Leicester’s line up and the forward has troubled defences across the country. He has found the back of the net eight times in his last nine Barclays Premier League games, including in his last five consecutive matches. The Foxes have also been notoriously difficult to beat and their resilience and determination to avoid defeat has seen them win six points from losing positions; which is the highest in the division. They have also scored in all the games they have been involved in this season.
Leicester City is unbeaten in their last seven away games and their fans will have good reasons for optimism. They have however struggled away from home against the Saints in the past with only one victory in their previous 18 away meetings in the Premier League. The Saints have won ten of those games. the Foxes have also failed to keep a clean sheet this season and an in form Pelle may be able to keep that stat alive
Shane Long will miss the game after damaging his ankle ligaments while on international duty. Jordy Clasie could finally make his Premier League after been sidelined since July. Fraser Forster and Florin Gardon remain sidelined due to long-term injuries.
Nathan Dyer is fit again after recovering from a knee injury sustained against Aston Villa last month. Riyad Mahrez and Jeff Schlupp are also in contention after returning late from international duties for Algeria and Ghana respectively.
If the league had started on April 1 this year, Leicester City would be top of the league. They have carried on their fairytale run which saw them comfortably avoid relegation last season even though they were rooted to the bottom of the table for a very long time. A change of manager has not altered the positive feeling at City and they are one of 4 teams with a 100% record this season. Consecutive victories over Sunderland and West Ham mean that there is genuine optimism that this season will not contain another struggle to avoid relegation.
The Midland club may have lost Estaban Cambiasso on a free transfer but they have moved quickly to bring in experienced and proven Gohkan Inler from Napoli. If he has the same impact the Argentine had, it will prove to be an inspired signing. Spurs on the other hand, have had a disappointing start to the season and will want to get their season up and running. If they fail to get their first win soon, they risk been left behind by those challenging for European places. The London club do have a good record against the Foxes and have taken 10 points from a possible 12 in the last four meetings between them.
In spite of their good fortunes against the Foxes, they will know that all that will count for nothing and their contrasting fortunes this season will give Leicester some confidence going into this game. Spurs squandered a two goal lead last weekend against Stoke in a game they should have won considering they had built up a significant lead. The Foxes will be hoping that the North London Club will visit bearing similar gifts.
Claudio Ranieri has maintained the optimism around the King Power stadium. Another win will go a long way in maintaining that. Their style of play has been brilliant too. They easily dismantled Sunderland on the opening day before beating West Ham without too much discomfort in a game that was expected to be tricky. Spurs will have to be wary of the threat the opposition poses and will look to Harry Kane to continue his impressive goal scoring record against Leicester.
Gokhan Inler is in line for his debut while Matty James is ruled out with a knee problem.
Andros Townsend (ankle) remains a doubt for Tottenham while striker Clinton N’Jie who signed from Lyon last weekend could feature for the first time.