Aug 05, 2016

    Ranieri hints Leicester transfer deals not over


    PREMIER League champions Leicester City could strengthen their squad further before the transfer window closes at end- August, manager Claudio Ranieri has said.

    He has made five signings since winning the title, bringing in midfielder Nampalys Mendy, goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler, defender Luis Hernandez, striker Ahmed Musa and winger Bartosz Kapustka.

    The Foxes fought off interest from Arsenal to tie down last season's top scorer Jamie Vardy to a new contract but lost influential midfielder N'Golo Kante to rivals Chelsea.

    Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez's future remains uncertain, with a host of clubs reported to be vying for his signature, despite Ranieri's reluctance to sell.

    "It's difficult to say 'yes everything is finished'," the manager told reporters after his side had lost 4-2 to Spanish champions Barcelona.

    The friendly was contested in Stockholm on Wednesday.

    Musa, who signed for a reported club-record £16 million (S$28.6 million) from CSKA Moscow, poached both the Foxes' goals in the defeat.

    The La Liga champions won comfortably thanks to goals from Luis Suarez and Rafael Mujica and a brace from Munir El Haddadi.

    Leicester face FA Cup winners Manchester United in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday.

    They begin their title defence with a trip to promoted Hull City on Aug 13.