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Vicente Iborra

Why Vicente Iborra Is A Good Piece Of Business For Leicester City

Leicester City are close to completing their third transfer of the summer, after having agreed on a transfer fee for Sevilla midfielder Vicente Iborra, as per reports from The Sun.

The La Liga side released a statement in which they revealed that an agreement reached between the clubs for the transfer of the Sevilla captain, which will see him complete a £12million move to the King Power Stadium.

The statement read“Sevilla and Leicester City have reached an agreement in principle for the transfer of Vicente Iborra. The player will travel to Leicester to complete a medical examination and sign his contract.  Once the transfer is concluded, he will return to Seville to publicly bid farewell to the fans.”

The 29-year old Spaniard becomes the Foxes’ third signing after having already signed defenders Harry Maguire from Hull City and Sam Hughes from Chester FC.

Iborra has been performing at the top level for Sevilla for many years now and has been one of the cornerstones of their recent success. Having joined the Andalusian outfit from Levante back in the summer of 2013, the midfielder has grown into a vital part of the team and played an important role in the three consecutive UEFA Europa League triumphs between 2013 and 2016.

He had another strong campaign last time around, under Jorge Sampaoli, as Sevilla finished 4th in the La Liga. Iborra made 31 appearances in the Spanish top division, scoring 7 goals and registering 2 assists. The 29-year old added another strike and set up two more from his four Copa Del Rey appearances.

Primarily a defensive midfielder by trade, Iborra can easily play in a classic No.8 role or as an attacking midfielder higher up the pitch as well. He can slot in as a central defender too, bringing immense value to the table with his versatility.

His ability to stop the play from building up in the middle of the park, and then to straight away kick off counter-attacks on regaining possession is his biggest strength. Iborra’s sharp vision and range of distribution, combined with his exquisite finishing make him a huge threat while going up the pitch.

His ability to play those defence-splitting through balls with great precision from deep in the midfield is a strong feature of his game. Standing at a daunting 6ft 4in, Iborra can be an imposing presence in the middle and uses his height well while battling for the ball in the air.

Leicester may have the likes of Danny Drinkwater and Wilfred Ndidi in their midfield, but by bringing in Iborra, they are signing someone who has proven himself on the European stages for years now and has immense experience. A true leader on the pitch and in the dressing room, the Spaniard will only enhance this Leicester squad with his doggedness and creativity in the centre. Having won three Europa League trophies with Sevilla, he will also bring in winning mentality to the table, that will definitely rub off on the rest of the Leicester squad.

At £12million, in the current day and age of the transfer market, someone of Iborra’s quality and experience should be considered as a shrewd piece of business and Leicester definitely have got themselves a quality player.

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