Sporting Lisbon midfielder Adrien Silva has confirmed that he is set to join Premier League champions Leicester City before the transfer window closes.
The Portugal international’s reputation has grown in recent months after starring for his club and stepping out for the newly crowned European champions at Euro 2016 this summer in France.
Tottenham have been consistently linked with a move for Silva over the summer, with the 27-year-old looking ready for a move to the Premier League.
However, Silva has confirmed that he is to join Leicester instead, in what must be seen as a transfer coup for Claudio Ranieri’s men.
Adrien Silva on Leicester’s bid:
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“Yes, I confirm this proposal. Leicester is very interesting and corresponds to my career goals,” the playmaker told O Jogo.
“After the past 15 years at Sporting, this opportunity is something exceptional for me and can allow me to express and impose myself in another championship, and also to evolve in the Premier League, which is a stunning league.
“I love Sporting as a family and I dedicated myself to the club since I was 12 years old.
“With Sporting I lived many moments of happiness. I can say that I grew up with the club. At 27 years old, and after so many years of loyalty, I think that no one will criticise me for wanting to embrace this challenge.”
Leicester will play in the Champions League this season and have recruited shrewdly this summer already to bolster their squad.
The Foxes are also being heavily linked with a move for Silva’s Sporting team-mate Islam Slimani and there is every chance that the King Power Stadium could pull off a sensational double switch from the Portuguese giants before the transfer window closes on Wednesday.
The report suggests that Leicester have paid €25 million (£21.3 million) for Silva.