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Leicester City are set to make a comeback for the defensive target but will face competition

Newly promoted Leicester City are set to renew their interest in Gil Vicente defender Gabriel Pereira in the summer, but are likely to have to fight off a number of sides for his signature.

The 23-year-old has been one of the brightest spots in an otherwise disappointing campaign for Toze Marreco’s side, featuring in 29 of Gil Vicente’s 32 league games.

His form has not gone unnoticed, with clubs across Europe closely monitoring his situation at the Portuguese club.

Leicester City tried to sign the player in January, proposing a loan offer with an option to buy for €5m.

Gil Vicente, who was fighting for relegation at the time, did not approve of the move as he was against losing a key player in the middle of the fight.

According to Italian publication Tutto Mercato, the Foxes will return this summer, although they will not be the only club trying to sign Pereira.

In Portugal, Benfica and Braga are closely following Pereira, while in France the Portuguese’s performances have tempted Lyon.

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