Former Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri is ready to battle Valencia for the signing of Foxes outcast Adrien Silva.

The Portuguese midfielder is out of favour at the King Power Stadium after recently returning from a loan spell with Monaco.

Valencia have recently been named as suitors for him, with reports stating that complications in their negotiations with Watford for Etienne Capoue have seen them turn their attention to Silva instead.

That came courtesy of Super Deporte, who said the negotiations were advanced and that Leicester are happy to let him go, with it even suggested he could be available on a free.

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They double down on that today, stating that the idea of signing Silva ‘generates consensus’ at Valencia, with manager Javi Gracia believing his experience would help the young players in the squad.

The potential transfer is in the hands of Valencia’s owners, though, who will decide how far to go for him in terms of the finances, preferring that he arrive with ‘favourable conditions’.

That is a decision he has to make quickly, however, as there is a chance Sampdoria could ‘overtake them’ in the race.

SuperDeporte state that the Italian club’s leaders are showing plenty of ‘insistence’ to get him and that is something the midfielder ‘cannot fail to appreciate’.

The suggestion is very much that Sampdoria are willing to go where Valencia won’t to get a deal over the line, meaning the Spaniards have a big decision to make, and quickly if they want the Leicester man.