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Sky to show Leicester City's friendly with Monaco

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Leicester City's home friendly with AS Monaco has been chosen for live television coverage by Sky TV.

The game is scheduled for Saturday, July 27 and will be screened from 3.45pm on Sky Sports 1HD.

City have yet to officially announce the fixture, although Monaco have confirmed they will be visiting the King Power Stadium.

Monaco are splashing the cash and have recruited Colombian striker Radamel Falcao from Atletico Madrid for £51million. They have also spent heavily on Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez from Porto for a combined total of £60million and have also bought former Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho from Real Madrid.

The game is City's most prestigious friendly since they entertained Jose Mourinho's star-studded Real Madrid two years ago.

It is the second City game to be picked for live television coverage as their first home Championship game of the season has been switched to Sunday, August 11, kick off 4.30pm.

Meanwhile, anticipation for the new campaign, which kicks off a week after the Monaco fixture with an away trip to Middlesbrough, has led to increased season-ticket sales.

City have so far sold 14,074 season tickets, 294 ahead of their total for this time last year.

The vast majority of the sales were supporters renewing through the Early Bird scheme, which offered a freeze on prices from last season in nearly all areas of the ground.

The sales indicate City fans expect their team to be challenging for promotion again this season.

City have yet to make their first summer signing, but the first significant exit of the close season is imminent with striker Jermaine Beckford holding talks with Bolton Wanderers over a move to the Reebok Stadium after City agreed a deal with the Trotters, believed to be under £1m.

However, Doncaster Rovers manager Paul Dickov has told BBC Radio Sheffield he will not be signing City midfielder Richie Wellens.

Wellens was tipped to make a move back to his former club after being made available by City, but Dickov is not following up his initial interest.

Wellens's name was on a list of seven players who have been made available for transfer this summer.

Another is midfielder Paul Gallagher, who was yesterday linked with a move back to his former club Blackburn Rovers.

Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, who was the subject of failed transfer bids from Premier League Hull City, has also quashed rumours he has asked to leave this summer.

The Denmark international yesterday tweeted he was not looking for a way out of City.

"Contrary to reports, I have never put a transfer request in and won't be," he tweeted.

Sky to show Leicester City's friendly with Monaco


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