Leicester City have departed with winger Rachid Ghezzal after the player joined Fiorentina on a season-long loan deal.
According to Leicestershire Live, the Algerian forward will cost the Florence-based side an initial payment of £275,000, with the club later having the option of signing him permanently for a fee at around £9m.
With Ghezzal only playing two games for Brendan Rodgers since joining the club, there won’t be many surprised in Leicester to see the Algerian leave the club.
He joined the club last summer but only started eight games in the Premier League campaign, coming on 11. In this season, he is yet to make the squad in any of Leicester’s first four league matches.
Signed by Claude Puel, the attacker rarely got a look in as soon as he was sacked, with Rodgers tending to opt with the other options available in the squad to play in the wide positions, such as Marc Albrighton, Harvey Barnes or James Maddison in his 4-1-4-1 system (Transfermarkt).
With the added signing of Ayoze Perez, it really signalled the end of Ghezzal’s chances for first-team football at the club, as it put him another step down in the pecking order away from the matchday squad.
The club will be happy to get the player off the wage bill for the rest of the season as he wasn’t looking likely to ever play.
With Ghezzal earning an alleged £45,000-per-week (via Spotrac), it will save the club a fair chunk of money, even if they weren’t able to get rid of him permanently.
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