Report: Leicester want Roma’s legendary World Cup winning star Francesco Totti

The Foxes are apparently eyeing up a deal for creative playmaker Francesco Totti this summer.

Claudio Ranieri is preparing to make a move for Roma’s legendary striker Francesco Totti, according to a report from Calcio Mercato.

The iconic one-club attacker’s career in the Italian capital is drawing to a close at the end of the current campaign after a 27-year association with the Romans.

According to a report by ESPN, club president James Pallotta is unlikely to provide 39-year-old Totti with the contract extension he so desires and has been subtly advised by the official to retire at the end of the Serie A season - as soon as five games time.

However, Totti remains determined to see out his playing career in the manner he wants and has attracted attention from MLS teams, as well as clubs in Japan and across the Middle East.

But according to Calcio Mercato, the 2006 World Cup winner has been handed a lifeline to participate in the Champions League next term, possibly with a Premier League championship winning side.

Leicester head coach Ranieri worked with Totti during his tenure in charge of the Giallorossi between 2009 and 2011 and the club icon is reportedly fascinated by the possibility of joining a Premier League team.

Totti, who won 58 caps for his country, came off the bench against Torino on Wednesday to transform his team’s fortunes. 2-1 down with five minutes remaining on the clock, the club captain netted twice in two minutes to earn his side a crucial three points and all-but confirm UEFA Champions League qualification.

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