Still technically a Torino player until the end of the month, Leicester City’s Dennis Praet could remain in Turin if all goes well.
It’s something he wants, and the Serie A side have made it clear to the Foxes they want to keep the Belgian if they can, but Brendan Rodgers’ side have been reluctant to do it on the Italian club’s terms so far.
That’s because the two sides agreed a €15m fee in the initial loan, but despite Praet shining when on the pitch, he faced a number of injuries that placed some doubt in the Torino brass’ minds, feeling it would be a gamble at that price.
This is why we have seen a large amount of articles published about the Italians’ attempts to renew the loan for another season, which Leicester have been against to date.
However, with few alternatives presenting themselves, there’s hope emerging that a deal could be struck, as explained by Toro News on Monday.
The website report the Serie A side ‘aim to close with the English club on the basis of a loan with an obligation to buy’ of €8-9m that would be related to ‘the number of appearances and other sporting goals’.
They want to do this ‘as soon as possible’ so that Ivan Juric, their manager, can work with Praet throughout the pre-season, and ‘contacts’ with Leicester are ‘expected during the week to proceed with the negotiations’, and ‘important developments are expected’.
This means the ‘next few days’ could be ‘decisive’ for the Leicester midfielder.