Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri will be acutely aware that it’s imperative he strengthens his squad this summer - even though his current group of close-knit players have just won the Premier League title.
The Foxes will be competing in the Champions League next season and there’s no doubt Ranieri requires more strength in depth in order to compete on all fronts. The Italian currently possesses a relatively thin squad.
According to the Guardian, work is already underway at the King Power Stadium to land the top targets on their summer transfer wish-list - on top of which sits the Deportivo La Coruña striker Lucas Perez.
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The report states that Leicester would probably need to break their transfer record in order to sign the 27-year-old Spaniard.
The English champions’ current record signing is the Croatia international Andrej Kramarić, who cost £9 million in January 2015 but scored just four goals in 20 appearances before being loaned out to Hoffenheim earlier this year.
Leicester will be hoping that Lucas, as he’s more commonly known in Spain, will have less trouble adjusting to life in the Premier League.
Lucas would provide competition for Vardy
Ranieri wants the forward, who has scored 17 league goals for Deportivo this season, to provide additional competition for Jamie Vardy next term.
That Lucas’s contract doesn’t expire until 2019 means Leicester will need to pay a pretty hefty fee - compared to what they’re used to paying for players - in order to bring him to England.
Furthermore, Deportivo is Lucas’ hometown team and it might be difficult for him to accept a move away from the Riazor - particularly with the club now safe from the threat of relegation.
Leicester also poised to sign Luis Hernandez
The report adds that Leicester are also in advanced negotiations with Luis Hernandez, who looks set to leave Sporting Gijon on a free transfer this summer.
The Spanish centre-back will provide cover for Wes Morgan and Robert Huth.
Leicester working hard to bring in the right players
Rather than splashing the cash on big names, it’s clear that Leicester are working hard to bring in the right players with personalities that fit in with the current group of players.
Leicester’s head of recruitment Steve Walsh, speaking to Sky Sports after the Foxes lifted the trophy following their victory over Everton on Saturday night, said: "The squad have told me, 'We don't want any Bertie Big…' I think you've got to bring in the people you think will do the job, people who fit in.
"Claudio enjoys the blueprint and the way we play. We try to duplicate that, so you look for similar types of players who can fulfil roles in the team that you need.
"It's not just on me, because I've got people working for me, bringing information, and we've got to act on it. Then decisions are made with the manager."
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