Leicester City ‘hand-off’ transfer request made as £12.5m loanee seeks to stay away

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Leicester City loanee Dennis Praet is said to be ‘very happy’ at Italian side Turin and wants to ‘stay’ with the Serie A outfit.

The Belgium international joined the Turin-based side last summer and has made 18 appearances in all competitions so far this season. This figure is unlikely to exceed 20 as the player is expected to be out for the remainder of the campaign with a fractured metatarsus.

A €15m (£12.5m) fee was previously agreed with Torino when the temporary switch was sanctioned last year to make the move permanent. Torino also paid City €1million as a loan fee for the 27-year-old.

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these reports in an Italian daily La Stampa, relayed by the Torino Granata [via Sport Witness ], suggest that the buyer will seek to lower this price due to the injury suffered by the player during his stay in Turin. They claim Torino are “trying to review” the “purchase parameters” established last summer and “plan to re-discuss the terms of the deal” to “turn it into a new onerous loan”.

Praet made 60 appearances in total for City, but only two of them came in the second half of the Premier League campaign last season due to a hamstring injury and mainly returned as a substitute unused. The player also did not enter the pitch for the semi-final or final of the triumphant FA Cup campaign.

Prior to the move, Praet had already made over 100 appearances for fellow Italian side Sampdoria, whose midfielder Leicester signed in August 2019. If the player will return to the King Power Stadium, in what would be the penultimate on the current five-year contract signed three years ago, seems to depend on the possibility of finding a compromise suitable for all parties.

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