Fiorentina insist £30m Leicester target Nico Gonzalez is not for sale

Fiorentina insist they will not sell Leicester’s £30m target Nico Gonzalez, with the Italian side keen to keep hold of Morocco’s World Cup star Sofiane Amrabat.

Fiorentina have confirmed they will not sell striker Nicolas Gonzalez to Leicester.

Sports mail The Foxes were reported on Friday to be stepping up their move for the £30m-rated Argentine. But the Italian side have publicly rejected their approach and are now set to retain the 24-year-old.

The Argentine forward has been a top target for the Foxes and would be willing to make him one of the club’s highest-paid players if they can agree a deal with the Serie A side.

Gonzalez is believed to earn around £83,000-a-week, more than any other player has ever earned at Florence.

Fiorentina were believed to be willing to let him go for around £30m to fund other moves, and despite public insistence that he is unlikely, the situation is a bit more complicated.

Like most Serie A clubs, Fiorentina are not rich and will find it hard to resist a big offer, especially as they are keen to sign at least one central midfielder this window.

They are considering a move for admired Leicester midfielder Dennis Praet, but Fiorentina would prefer an outright cash deal.

Fiorentina are also keen to keep Atlas Eagles semi-finalist Morocco midfielder Sofyan Amrabat from representing his country at the World Cup.

Primarily a left winger, Gonzalez can play in a variety of roles on the right and as a centre-forward and will provide Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers with tactical flexibility.

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has targeted the right-back for more than a year and has been left extremely disappointed by the club’s failure to turn Ademola Lookman’s loan deal into a permanent move.

They also watched Dango Ouattara, a fielder from Burkina Faso who plays for French club Lorient.

The improved Foxes ahead of the World Cup break have lost all three league games since their resurgence and are just two points above the relegation zone ahead of their trip to local rivals Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

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