Leicester City in move for Italian Midfielder Stefani Sensi
After weeks of negotiations, it finally looks like in the final few days of the January transfer window that Leicester City are going to finally sign Inter Milan midfielder Stefano Sensi. Reported via Fabrizio Ramano, the 28-year-old is set to join the Foxes in a deal worth an initial five hundred thousand Euros, which is later set to rise to a further two million Euros, if Leicester reach their aim of promotion to the Premier League come the end of the season.
However, this deal will come as no surprise to Foxes fans; it has been a known fact that Enzo Maresca and his recruitment team have been after the Italian playmaker all month.
With current midfielder Wilfred Ndidi ruled out for the majority of Leicester’s remaining games with a long-term muscular injury and loanee Cesare Casadei having returned to his parent club Chelsea earlier this month, Sensi will be able to provide depth into what is arguably the best midfield in the Championship.
Starting his career in the Italian third division, the deep-lying playmaker has enjoyed quite the rise to the top. Beginning his playing days at ASD Victor San Marino in the Serie C, Sensi has rose through the leagues, featuring for sides such as Cesena and Sassuolo along the way before signing for Italian giants Inter Milan on a permanent deal in 2020. In 2021, he endured his first taste of success with Inter, featuring 18 times in the 2020-21 season Serie A winning season.
After a triumphant season, Sensi has had a torrid time with injuries. Since his title winning season, the midfielder has only featured 15 times over a course of three seasons and has been forced out on loan twice. In 2022, the number five was sent to Sampdoria to finish the remainder of the season in hope to find his fitness.
Having finished the season with 11 appearances, Stefanos hopes of making a first team comeback were soon squashed. Sent back out the door on loan, he joined newly promoted side Monza where he would spend the entirety of the 2022/23 season.
All Systems Go?
Compared to Italian stalwart Marco Verratti, Sensi is to have Leicester fans excited. With successful European recruitment in the past, the Foxes faithful will no doubt be most welcoming to the Italian. However, there is still work to be done. It’s no secret that the East Midlands side have huge problems with financial fair play rules. Leicester have very little room to play with, and even with loanee Casadei returning to Chelsea, it seems that Jon Rudkin and his recruitment team still have some offloading to do.
Recently speaking to Leicester Live, Maresca has stated “In terms of the transfer window, in this moment we are not allowed to do anything.”
This deal is more than likely to go ahead. Although Leicester need to offload, there is still two days left of the window, and as we see with most January transfer windows, a lot can still be done with only 48 hours left.