Leicester might have trump card in race for Joao Mario

Joao Mario of Portugal looks on during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Uruguay and Portugal at Fisht Stadium on June 30, 2018 in Sochi, Russia.

Leicester City should consider joining the race to sign the Portuguese ace.

Claude Puel, Manager of Leicester City looks on during the The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Fleetwood Town and Leicester City at Highbury Stadium on January 6, 2018 in...

Leicester manager Claude Puel will surely be looking to bolster his ranks at the King Power Stadium this summer, in an effort to guide his side back into contention for the European places this season.

One particular area of concern for the Frenchman will be his central midfield department, with more guile and creativity required in the middle of the park.

With this in mind, the Foxes should enter the race to sign Inter Milan ace Joao Mario, and they could use his Portugal teammate Adrien Silva to help convince him into joining Leicester.

Joao Mario of FC Internazionale in action during the serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and FC Internazionale at Stadio Artemio Franchi on January 5, 2018 in Florence, Italy.

The 25-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan with West Ham, and impressed for the Hammers, chalking up two goals and an assist in 14 appearances in all competitions.

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Mario can play anywhere across midfield, or further forward in the number 10 role, and he possesses the kind of ability on the ball that could take Leicester to another level.

Joao Mario of FC Internazionale in action during the serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and FC Internazionale at Stadio Artemio Franchi on January 5, 2018 in Florence, Italy.

The 40-capped Portugal international is good with both feet, and has a keen eye for a killer pass. He would provide more balance to the Foxes' midfield, and would be the ideal foil for the likes of Vicente Iborra and Daniel Amartey.

According to Italian media outlet SempreInter, Mario could be available for around €35 million (£31 million) this summer, and in today's market, that would represent decent value for someone of his quality.

And Adrien Silva might just be the Leicester's trump card in the race for the Portuguese star.

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