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Leicester City is reportedly looking to sign Braga central defender David Carmo, according to a report from the Portuguese outlet. Or Jogo.
Carmo is a 21-year-old Portuguese defender who broke into Braga’s first team in January. Renowned for his commanding presence, athleticism and skill on the ball, he has earned comparisons to Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk.
Or Jogo reports that the Foxes are interested in bringing Portugal’s youth international to the King Power Stadium, having impressed when the two teams met in the Europa League group stage.
Despite being on the wrong side of a 4-0 win, Carmo was the subject of high praise from Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers.
Speaking after the game, Rodgers said (via HITC): “He is a young player, with an excellent profile: he is tall, strong and aggressive. Yes, he has all the conditions to play in the Premier League.
Portugal produces fantastic players for the Premier League and he is no exception. With a little more preparation, I think he will have no difficulties playing in the Premier League.
Leicester is no stranger to buying the Portuguese Premier League. They made Sporting CP forward Islam Slimani their record signing in the 2016 summer transfer window, and have also signed right-backs Ricardo Pereira and Adrien Silva from the Portuguese league for big names.
The Foxes may be on the lookout for a new center-back as Wes Morgan and Jonny Evans near the end of their careers. The younger options of Wesley Fofana, Daniel Amartey and Caglar Soyuncu are still at the club, but depth will be needed for a team looking to achieve regular European football.
If Brendan Rodgers’ side wants to secure Carmo’s services, it will cost them a decent sum. The 21-year-old’s current contract runs through 2025, with a £ 35 million release clause. He has also previously been linked to other Premier League clubs Manchester United and Liverpool.