Leicester City’s initial offer for Argentina forward Nicolas Gonzalez has been knocked back by Fiorentina.
The Foxes are determined not to be dragged into the relegation battle after a rather miserable 2022/23 season so far.
With that in mind, Leicester have been busy trying to bring in Gonzalez to add more quality and depth to their forward line. 90min reported on Monday that personal terms have now been agreed with the 24-year-old.
However, 90min now understands that Fiorentina have rejected Leicester’s initial bid of £30m.
Leicester will not renege on the deal and are expected to return with another bid for Gonzalez, who has scored five goals in 13 games for La Viola this season.
Fiorentina have publicly insisted they are not inclined to sell Gonzalez or World Cup star Sofyan Amrabat, while Atlético Madrid are also interested in signing the former. However, they are currently unwilling to match Leicester’s financial package, which includes doubling Gonzalez’s wages.
Due to previous Financial Fair Play restrictions, Leicester were only able to sign two senior signings in the summer of 2022 – back-up goalkeeper Alex Smithies on a free transfer and Wout Faes from Reims.