Sevilla director lays out complications over deal for Leicester's Vicente Iborra

Sevilla FC sporting director Joaquin Caparros looks on prior to the La Liga match between Real Betis Balompie and Sevilla FC at Estadio Benito Villamarin on September 2, 2018 in Seville,...

Leicester City's Vicente Iborra has been linked with a return to La Liga and Sevilla.

Vicente Iborra of Leicester City is challenged by Robert Snodgrass of West Ham United during the Premier League match between Leicester City and West Ham United at The King Power Stadium...

It was reported earlier this month by Marca that Sevilla had attempted to sign Leicester City's Vicente Iborra in the summer, only to find that the Foxes wanted too much money.

The player initially made the move to the King Power Stadium from Sevilla for around €15m and Leicester allegedly want a similar fee to see him return.

The Spanish outlet claims that Sevilla maintain their interest, too, and that has been confirmed by the club's director of football, Joaquin Caparros, who also laid out the other difficulties halting a move.


“Iborra is there. He is a player we know, but it is complicated,” Caparros said, reports the Leicester Mercury.

“When players leave, they do it for an economic reason. When they return, they want contracts of two or three seasons.

“But we have to be careful with all that, because we can end up having a team with a very high average age and that is a problem.”

Given those comments, it does seem unlikely that Leicester will get the fee they want for the 31-year-old.

Vicente Iborra of Sevilla during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between Leicester City and Sevilla FC at The King Power Stadium on March 14, 2017 in Leicester,...

Iborra has started only twice in the Premier League this season and the prospect of selling him on in January is likely a tempting one as the interest is clearly there from at least one potential suitor.

But the ball is in the Foxes' court now - Sevilla don't sound like they'll make a move unless the fee makes it worth their while, leaving Leicester with a decision to make over what's best for them.

Is getting his wages off the bill more important than having him as a squad player? Possibly, if there's an alternative to sign.

What we do know, however, is that Leicester can give up hope of getting their €15m for Iborra.

Leicester City's Vicente Iborra and West Ham United's Robert Snodgrass during the Premier League match between Leicester City and West Ham United at The King Power Stadium on October 27,...

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