Sporting Lisbon midfielder Adrien Silva, who was linked with Tottenham Hotspur and Everton earlier this month, has revealed that he wants to leave the Portuguese giants for Leicester City before Wednesday’s deadline.

A product of the club’s academy, the 27-year-old midfielder has spent all his career at Sporting Lisbon, and is now ready to accept a fresh challenge in England with Leicester City.

The Premier League champions are prepared to offer €25m for the Portugal international, and the midfielder himself confirmed that he is keen to move to England after spending a decade-and-a-half at Sporting Lisbon.

The midfielder admits that it is a great opportunity for him to experience something new at this stage of his career, and is confident that Sporting Lisbon president Bruno de Carvalho will accept Leicester’s offer.

He told Portuguese daily O Jogo: “I confirm the offer [from Leicester City].  


“The sporting plans of Leicester are very interesting and it corresponds with my career goals.

“After 15 years at Sporting, this is an exceptional opportunity for me, and it will allow me to express and impose myself in another league, and will also help me to evolve in the Premier League, which is a wonderful competition.

“The president has assured me, that after so many years of dedicated service, he will not put any obstacles in front of my professional development.

“Since the offer is interesting to both the parties, we should come up with something concrete soon.”

Silva has made 198 senior appearances for Sporting Lisbon and also has 13 international caps to his name with Portugal.

His contract with the club runs until 2020, but it seems likely he will be a Leicester player by the end of the transfer window on Wednesday.