Premier League outfit Leicester City are expected to make a move for Benfica defender Andre Almeida, according to a report from Portuguese outlet O Jogo.
Almeida, a 27-year-old right-back, has been plying his trade with Benfica since 2011, when he joined the club from Belenenses.
After spending some time with the club’s B team, Almeida eventually broke into Benfica’s first-team setup in 2012, and has since gone from strength to strength.
Now a fully established Portuguese international, Almeida has reportedly caught the eye of some of Europe’s top clubs with his performances at the Estádio da Luz this season, with the stopper having already racked up 2 goals and 3 assists in 15 league outings for the Liga Nos champions.
King Power bound?
However, it is Leicester City who have been most heavily linked with a move for the 8-time capped international, with O Jogo claiming that the Foxes could well make an offer for his services in January.
Further to such reports are claims that Almeida’s current deal withe Benfica, which he signed this summer, includes a buyout clause of just 10 million Euro.
Speaking in a press conference earlier today, Leicester boss Claude Puel was questioned on the possibility of his side making a move for Almeida upon the opening the of the winter transfer market next month, though the French tactician was keen to keep his cards close to his chest:
‘All we can say about the transfer window is that it’s just speculation. I cannot react to speculation. My job is to just keep a good feeling with my squad.’
Links between Leicester and Almeida have gathered pace today, after Puel also revealed that Danny Simpson could be set for ‘4 or 5 weeks’ on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.