Leicester City boss hopeful of bringing Italian icon to Premier League

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Leicester City coach Claudio Ranieri has reportedly made an approach to sign Roma legend Francesco Totti in the summer.

Sky Sport Italia, as reported by Football Italia, have suggested that the Foxes have enquired with the former Italian international over whether a one-year deal would appeal to him.

While they will likely face competition from the USA with the New York Cosmos also linked with a move, as noted by the report, it is suggested that a season in the Premier League could be a tempting proposition.

Totti is out of contract in the summer, and following several bust-ups with coach Luciano Spalletti over the last few months, an exit from the Giallorossi has become a real possibility.

The 39-year-old has spent his entire career with the capital club dating back to 1989 when he came through the youth ranks, and he has since gone on to score well over 200 Serie A goals for the Italian giants.

In turn, that has naturally established him as a hero amongst the supporters, and they will undoubtedly be bitterly disappointed were he to leave.

Totti is guaranteed a role as a director at Roma when he decides to call time on his playing career, but it appears as though he isn’t quite done yet and could be forced to consider his options if his hometown club aren’t willing to offer him a new deal.

Although his level of influence has diminished as he grows older, he provided a timely reminder of how important he can still be as a squad player having scored the equaliser in his side’s 3-3 draw with Atalanta on Sunday.

As a result, it would be a disappointing outcome if he was forced to leave Roma after such a memorable spell with the club, and a move to England at this stage of his career could arguably be disastrous.

While Totti still has an ability to find time and space to influence proceedings, the tempo of the game in the Premier League would potentially see him struggle. Coupled with the more physical nature in England, Ranieri would be taking a massive gamble in taking him to the King Power Stadium.

The Foxes are currently battling to secure their first ever Premier League title, with Champions League football set to be secured, they will need to be wise in the transfer market to ensure that the club continues to make progress.

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