Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri denies any interest in signing Inter Milan full-back Yuto Nagatomo

The Italian seems oblivious to reports that Leicester are set to sign the Japanese international.

Leicester City have been linked with a move for Inter Milan defender Yuto Nagotomo in recent days. The Japanese international left-back is believed to be available on a loan deal and Claudio Ranieri has coached him in his career – leaving it looking a likely deal, as reported by Sky Sports.

Leicester could also do with another left-back, which also gave weight to the suggestions.

However the Leicester boss has now made it clear that there is no substance to the story. The Italian has told the Leicester Mercury:

"Not only Sky Sports, but (there are reports) also in Italy.

"I don't know, this is speculation.

"I know Yuto very well because I coached him but there is not anything."

That news has precipitated a move from Spanish side Levante for his services, according to Tutto Mercato Web.

The Italian source reports that the La Liga side are keen on snapping up the left-back to aid their push for survival in the Spanish top-flight. The deal is likely to be a loan spell, with a view to a purchase, although Nagatomo has other offers in Italian football.

Leicester currently have Christian Fuchs and winger-by-trade Jeff Schlupp playing the left full-back position so Nagatomo’s arrival would certainly have strengthened the position.

But it would appear that Ranieri is happy with what he’s got at the King Power Stadium.

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