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Leicester City and Arsenal are in talks with the agent of Samuele Ricci with the Premier League pair needing to pay £14 million for the highly rated Empoli midfielder, as reported by La Nazione. 

You can see why Mikel Arteta and Brendan Rodgers like this 19-year-old playmaker. 

Ricci, an Italy U21 international, was the inspirational driving force behind Empoli’s successful promotion charge this season.

And, after helping the Azzurri finish top of Serie B, the teenager more than deserves a chance in one of Europe’s major leagues in 2021/22.  

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It remains to be seen, however, whether Ricci’s big break comes in Italy or England. 

La Nazione reports Arsenal and Leicester are in talks with his agent, the influential Federico Pastorello. 

Interestingly, Pastorello also represents Kasper Schmeichel as well as former Foxes players Demarai Gray, Andrej Kramaric and Islam Slimani. It’s safe to assume the agent has a positive working relationship with those at the King Power Stadium. 

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La Nazione adds Leicester are willing to pay the hefty £14 million fee Empoli want for Ricci.

Arsenal are interested too, having held talks of their own, although it remains to be seen whether they too are willing to invest such a substantial sum in a teenager with just 54 league appearances on his CV, especially with so many other positions in need of reinforcement. 

Ricci contributed two goals and four assists to the Empoli cause this term, although the numbers fail to reflect his influence. 

Technically gifted and tenacious in equal measure, Ricci is a joy to watch when slaloming through the heart of midfield, although the youngster is also renowned for his willingness to engage in the more physical, cynical aspects of the beautiful game. 

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