Christian Fuchs completes Leicester City switch

Leicester City have confirmed the signing of Austrian full-back Christian Fuchs.

The 29-year old was told by former club Schalke 04 his contract would not renewed in the summer along with Swiss attacking midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta.

The Bundesliga outfit had a disappointing season finishing sixth with the departures coming hot on the heels of the resignation of head coach Roberto Di Matteo last week.

The experienced Austrian international has been capped 66 times for his country and is said to be in high demand with fellow Premier League side Swansea City also rumoured to be interested.

Fuchs contains great free-kick and set piece ability, a quality Leicester boss Nigel Pearson has highlighted as a necessity for strengthening his squad this summer.

Lucrative deal

The deal could be worth up to £40,000-a-week for Fuchs who brings a vast array of experience to the King Power Stadium as the Foxes look to push further up the Premier League table after successfully retaining their league status in May.

Leicester were also interested in the signature of veteran Ghanaian midfielder Michael Essien but any hope of a deal was dashed yesterday (Tuesday) as the former Chelsea and AC Milan man signed a two-year deal with Greek super league runners-up Panathinaikos.

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