Leicester City make £23m bid for Brazilian wonderkid

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Leicester City are still in dreamland after last season's fairytale title win in the Premier League, just two seasons after returning to the top flight from the Championship.

Two years on and Claudio Ranieri is building quite the army to defend their champions status.

Last month, Ahmed Musa joined the Foxes from CSKA Moscow for an estimated fee of £16.6m - a club record fee. However, that record could be surpassed once again if Gabriel Barbosa is to make the switch to the King Power Stadium, as a £23m bid has been launched by Claudio Ranieri, according to the Leicester Mercury


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For those of you who don't know Gabriel Barbosa, the 19-year-old currently plays for Neymar Jr's former club Santos, a typically consistent team for sourcing world-class players.

Gabigol, as he is otherwise known, has made 152 appearances in all competitions and has scored 56 goals - a statistic that promises a bright future for the youngster. 

Chelsea, Manchester United, and Atletico Madrid have all been linked with Gabigol over the past few weeks, according to the Daily Mail, so with such high interest from Europe's giants, you get the idea of what sort of player the Foxes are getting their hands on. 

As many football nuts like to do, a YouTube compilation has been created, showcasing his best goals and skills. It must be said, he looks pretty good.

You can watch the video below.

Barbosa has recently been called up to the Brazilian first team after several years of playing with the younger squads, and the 19-year-old has made a thrilling start to his international career.

His debut saw him replace Jonas in Brazil's friendly with Panama back in May, whilst he doubled his tally at the recent Copa America with a tidy finish against Haiti.

As you can see, he hasn't left his mark on a big international opponent, but he's making small steps in the right direction. 

Gabigol is currently playing with Brazil at the 2016 Olympics in his home nation. His agent told the Leicester Mercury earlier this week: "When the Olympics finish – with the gold medal, God willing – we will sit round the table and resolve his future. We are calm. When the Olympics finish, I will sit down with Gabigol and his family and decide his future."

There are mixed emotions in Leicester when the news broke. One fan said he would cry if they signed Gabriel Barbosa.

Whilst another seemed delighted to hear the news.

Do you think Leicester will land this wonderkid? Will he be a hit for them? Let us know what YOU think in the comments below!

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Kasper Schmeichel
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