Serie A club Inter Milan and English Premier League (EPL) club Leicester City are set for a battle to capture the signature of Sampdoria striker Eder in the January transfer window.
The 29-year-old Brazilian-born-Italian striker has scored 12 goals in 19 appearances for the Blucerchiati this season. His terrific form has captured the interest of the two clubs and Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini is extremely keen on getting the striker, according to Italian national newspaper La Gazetta dello Sport.
Inter has suffered a blip in their form recently. They have fallen six points behind the leaders Napoli in the Serie A. Mancini has openly criticized his strikers for the current scenario and is believed to be furious at not being able to gain three points against Carpi on Sunday.
The Italian has discussed regarding his need for a striker with the Inter officials. Mancini’s keen requirement is of a striker who can hit double figures. Eder has already achieved that this season and can give Mancini the attacking threat he is looking for.
Sampdoria value Eder in the region of €15 million (US $16.29 million) and both Inter and Leicester need to match the figure in order to land the striker. It is reported that Leicester’s previous bid of €8 million (US $8.69 million) including €2 million (US $2.17 million) in bonuses was turned down by the Blucerchiati’s.
Inter are looking to offer Eder a salary of €1.5 million (US $1.6 million) plus bonuses until 2020. However, Leicester are also considering a sizeable package for the striker and that could prove to be an obstacle in Inter’s chances of Eder’s signature.
It is being reported that the Foxes are willing to offer a salary of €2.5 million (US $2.7 million) to Eder, which could tempt the striker to make his move towards the Premier League.
As the situation stands, the final decision of the move will be upon the Italian international. Mancini will be hoping that Eder decides to join Inter as his chances of vying for the Serie A title resides upon the striker’s signature.
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