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Ricardo Pereira Agrees to 5-Year Leicester City Contract After Porto Transfer

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IMay 19, 2018

LISBON, PORTUGAL - APRIL 18: FC Porto defender Ricardo Pereira from Portugal during the Sporting CP v FC Porto  - Portuguese Cup semi finals 2 leg at Estadio Jose Alvalade on April 18, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images)
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Leicester City confirmed on Saturday they have agreed a fee with Porto for defender Ricardo Pereira, who will sign a five-year deal.

Leicester City @LCFC

📝 #lcfc have agreed terms with FC Porto for the transfer of defender @ricbpereira: https://t.co/P1cHxjd5rp https://t.co/o8qgFXSmVT

The 24-year-old has flown to England "to finalise personal terms on a five-year contract and complete a medical," the club confirmed on their website.

The defender is part of Portugal's FIFA 2018 World Cup squad, and his transfer should be completed on June 9 after international clearance has been received.

Pereira gave his reaction to securing a move to the King Power Stadium to the club's Twitter account:

Leicester City @LCFC

🎥🦊 Ricardo Pereira talks to LCFC TV after agreeing a transfer from Portuguese champions FC Porto to King Power Stadium. You can watch the full interview here 👉https://t.co/7U9peHihUi #BemVindoRicardo https://t.co/FO6QZWG0qE

The defender was part of a Porto team that won the Portuguese league by seven points from Benfica this season. The title is the club's first since 2013 and ends Benfica's recent dominance.

Freelance football writer Jan Hagen showed how much Leicester had paid for the defender, per a release from the Portuguese club:

Jan Hagen @PortuBall

Official: Porto have reached an agreement with Leicester over the transfer of Portuguese international Ricardo Pereira. The English side will be paying €20m upfront + €5m in potential bonuses for the fullback. https://t.co/9j8fRGWtlt

Bleacher Report's Sam Tighe explained why that's such a good deal for the Foxes:

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€25m for Ricardo Pereira? Feels like an absolute bargain. Does it all. If he settles fast and plays to his ability from the off, Leicester might just have one of the best 3 right-backs in the Premier League.

Leicester were in need of strengthening in defence, with 31-year-old Danny Simpson their only recognised right-back last season.

Manager Claude Puel replaced Craig Shakespeare as manager in October 2017 but has proven an unpopular choice among some sections of the support despite securing a top-10 finish.

James Nursey at the Mirror showed how some fans have reacted to Puel:

James Nursey @JamesNursey

Leicester have improved in the second half but Puel's double substitution brought chants from home fans of " you don't know what you are doing" & "sacked in the morning" . @LCFC 0-1 @WestHamUtd

The signing of Ricardo is likely to impress supporters, and it seems as though Puel may have been a big factor in his decision to head to Leicester.

Get French Football explained Puel's likely influence in the transfer:

Get French Football @GFFN

If Ricardo Pereira's move to Leicester City is confirmed, the Foxes will have Claude Puel and Claude Puel only to thank - player has offers from sides with continental football to offer, but relationship from OGC Nice days clinched it.

Leicester appear to have started their summer transfer business in fine style with an astute buy. The club may also strengthen further as Puel looks to build on what was a largely frustrating season.

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