It seems Leicester City have really given up on signing André Almeida from Portuguese side Benfica in this transfer window.
Despite several reports about the Foxes’ interest in the right-back, no bids have been made so far, and this Wednesday, the local press brings a pretty good reason for it
According to newspaper Record, Almeida is considered to be ‘too expensive’ for Leicester, who will not spend over €5m for a player for the position, even though they will continue to look for other options in this window.
Benfica’s demands were made long ago, during the first contacts, when club president Luis Filipe Vieira made it clear that Almeida wouldn’t go anywhere unless the interested club paid at least €15m.
An interesting point is that even though Benfica are known to be tough negotiators and the current transfer market makes €15m sound cheap, Record claims that the club president only made this ‘heavy’ demand because they don’t want to lose their first-option right-back in the middle of the season.
So maybe Almeida can be quite easy to get in the summer, but not for Leicester’s €5m.