​Leicester City are reportedly preparing to make a bid for Sassuolo centre back Francesco Acerbi, with ​The Sun writing that a £8m offer is in the works.

Claudio Ranieri is clearly under pressure to turn the club's fortunes around in the Premier League and a new central defender has been earmarked as a necessity for the Foxes if they are to retain their top flight status.

The 28-year-old has a formidable reputation in Serie A, in part due to his successful battle against testicular cancer in 2014, where he managed to overcome the disease and return to playing regular first team football for Sassuolo.

Acerbi, who has two caps for the Italian national side, would be brought in to challenge the centre back pairing of captain Wes Morgan and Roberth Huth, who last season were untouchable, but this year have looked extremely shaky.

The Foxes certainly have money to spend in the transfer window, using the funds gained from winning last season's title and entering the Champions League, to do whatever they can to stay in the league.

Ranieri has already brought in one new face this transfer window, Wilfred Ndidi. The 20-year-old Nigerian defensive midfielder cost a whopping £17m and has been tipped to fill the boots that N'Golo Kante left last summer.