Sevilla have announced that they have reached an agreement with Leicester City over the transfer of Vicente Iborra. The 29 year-old Spanish midfielder will move to the Foxes in a reported £12 million deal.
Iborra began his career as a defensive midfielder with Levante, before moving to Sevilla in 2013. In recent seasons, he has been used in a more attacking role by both Unai Emery and Jorge Sampaoli and has scored 30 goals in 172 games. He has also won the Europa League on three occasions during his time in Sevilla.
The club announced his departure on their website, subject to personal terms and a medical. The Spaniard was a popular figure among the Sevilla fans and the club have confirmed that he will return to the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium once the transfer is complete to publicly bid farewell to the fans.
Iborra becomes Craig Shakespeare’s second signing of the summer, joining Harry Maguire at the King Power stadium. The young Englishman joined from relegated Hull City in a £17 million deal. The Foxes will hope to further strengthen to their squad before the end of the transfer window in a bid to improve their fortunes for the coming season.
Following their incredible march to the Premier League title in 2015/2016, the Foxes battled relegation for much of last season. Having replaced the sacked Claudio Ranieri in February, Shakespeare will be hoping he can have Leicester challenging at the top end of the table this season.
Iborra played in the King Power Stadium in the Champions League with Sevilla last season and will now call Leicester home, should he agree personal terms.
However, the move could finally pave the way for the departure of Riyad Mahrez from the club. The Algerian playmaker has publicly stated he wants to leave the club and has been linked with several moves both at home and abroad.
Ger Power, Pundit Arena