Polish international Bartosz Kapustka has seemingly confirmed that he is moving to Leicester City.
The highly-rated 19-year-old has been the subject of two bids by the Premier League champions, the most recent of which – believed to be in the region of £7m – has been accepted by his current club Cracovia.
Speaking on Polish television channel TVP Sport, Kapustka announced that he would be playing for Leicester next season, with the winger quoted as saying that assuming everything goes as planned he will be heading to England in the near future:
“I’m not going there [Leicester] just for fun. It is for the name of the club who last season won the championship of England.”
The deal is believed to be for around £5m up front, with the rest in add-ons. It was hoped that he could undergo a medical yesterday but that did not happen. However, the deal is still expected to be finalised in due course.
He was part of the Polish squad at the recent European Championships in France, where his impressive performances in each of his side’s four matches led to glowing plaudits from many observers.
Sense we’ll see a lot of Kapustka in the coming years. Deliciously talented 19 year old.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 12, 2016
Kapustka – 19yrs old….very clever, composed and skillful player. Impressive.
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) June 12, 2016
Leicester beat off competition from Southampton to land the prospect. Everton were also believed to be hovering, under advice from Steve Walsh, who recently jumped ship from the King Power Stadium to Goodison Park.
The youngster can play on either wing or just behind the striker, which will undoubtedly fuel further speculation that Claudio Ranieri is planning for life after talisman Riyad Mahrez. However, it is believed that Kapustka has been brought in to provide competition for Mahrez and Marc Albrighton ahead of a busy domestic and Champions League schedule.
Kapustka, when he officially signs, will become the sixth new face at the club this summer following the earlier acquisitions of Ron-Robert Zieler, Luis Hernández, Raúl Uche, Nampalys Mendy and Ahmed Musa.