Charles Aranguiz has hinted that he would prefer a move to Bundesliga giants Bayer Leverkusen rather than joining Premier League strugglers Leicester City
It looked like Leicester City had pulled off one of the best transfers of the summer after agreeing a club record £10.5million fee with Internacional for the services of Charles Aranguiz.
Many felt that Aranguiz was one of the best midfielders plying their trade outside Europe and his capture had been seen as a huge boost for Leicester, especially with the Foxes losing out on the services of talisman Esteban Cambiasso this summer.
Despite agreeing a fee for Aranguiz though, there are a host of clubs which have expressed their interest in signing the Chilean international and it was recently revealed that even German Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen have matched the midfielder’s asking price with Internacional.
Leicester no longer have the upper hand in the race to sign Aranguiz and it is entirely upon the midfielder as to where he will be plying his trade during the upcoming campaign.
Now Aranguiz has gone on to speak regarding his potential move to Europe this summer and it does not spell good news for Leicester City.
Aranguiz stated that while he has been left flattered by the interest shown by both Leicester and Leverkusen, the 26-year old insisted that the German side are the bigger team and that he is leaning towards joining Roger Schmidt’s side.
“The president told me there’s a bid from Leicester and it’s good for the club,” Aranguiz told Brazilian television network Globo. “But for me, Leverkusen is important. I am not talking about money. Between Leverkusen and Leicester, the best is Leverkusen; they’re a bigger team. I want to go. I am 26 years old, and am at a stage where I need to go a step further.”
Aranguiz’s latest admission certainly does not bode well for Leicester City and there is every possibility that the midfielder will be joining Bayer Leverkusen, especially with the German side offering Champions League football during the upcoming campaign.