Leicester 'interest' in Brazil defender Morato emerges amid €15m transfer claim – Leicestershire Live

Leicester City eventually signed the central defender that they were looking for on transfer deadline day in Wout Faes, but another potential target has emerged
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Leicester City reportedly 'showed interest' in Benfica central defender Morato during the summer transfer window.
City did, of course, sign a young centre-back on transfer deadline day in Wout Faes and saw another exit a day earlier after Wesley Fofana eventually completed a transfer to Chelsea. At just six months younger than their departed defender, Morato may well have been considered a rawer alternative to their only outfield signing of the summer.
The Brazil under-20 international established himself as a first-team regular for the Portuguese giants last season, making 25 appearances across all competitions and notably scoring his professional goal for the club against Bayern Munich during the Champions League group stages. Morato continued that form into the current campaign and was ever-present during Benfica's first eight games of the season before being sidelined with an ankle injury.
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Brazil-based journalist André Hernan reports that City weren't the only ones said to be interested either. Italian champions Milan also apparently 'showed interest in the last window' while French side Rennes went as far as tabling three offers, with the final one worth €15 million, all of which were rejected by Benfica.
Their asking price is also only likely to have increased in the last week, with Morato extending his contract with the club by an additional two years until the summer of 2027. Whether any interest from Leicester would have endured after signing Faes for a similar fee of around £15 million remains to be seen.
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