Bayer Leverkusen have managed to see off competition from Leicester City to secure the services of Charles Aranguiz from Brazilian side Internacional
Aranguiz had been one of the most highly sought after midfielders in the world following his fine performances during the FIFA World Cup as well as in Chile’s victorious Copa America campaign over the summer.
Leicester City and Bayer Leverkusen had found themselves in a head to head battle to sign Aranguiz and the Foxes had made their move first after placing a bid in the region of around £10million, which was accepted by Internacional.
However Leicester could not push through the deal for Aranguiz as the midfielder bade his time over the decision in anticipation of another club coming in for his services and it was Bayer Leverkusen who also swooped in for the midfielder.
Bayern’s offer for Aranguiz was significantly lower than that of Leicester at around £7million but the midfielder was interested in making a move to the German side and the Chilean international’s wish has now been granted.
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Aranguiz joins Leverkusen
Now following the confirmation of the move, Aranguiz has gone on to state that Leverkusen were the only club he actually wanted to join and added that he did not hold talks with Leicester, contrary to various reports.
Aranguiz said, “I hope to play at their level and play well for all those who trusted in me. I picked Leverkusen because they always showed interest in me. No other club talked to me. They were always very clear.
“It is important that Chilean players are in the big leagues in Europe. That speaks well about the work that we are doing. As for facing other Chileans [in Bundesliga] that is great.”
Aranguiz has joined Leverkusen on a five year deal and his arrival will certainly be a huge boost for Leverkusen.
As for Leicester, they have most certainly missed out on the signing of a quality player but the Foxes have already recruited N’Golo Kante and manager Claudio Ranieri will probably not be too disappointed on missing out on Aranguiz.