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Leicester City are the only club in the Premier League yet to make a signing in the current transfer window. In fact, the Foxes and Spanish outfit Girona are the only two clubs in Europe’s top five leagues yet to bring in someone this summer.
Other clubs around the continent have been busy shaping up for the new campaign, but it seems that Leicester are either way behind the game, or indeed are content with their current squad. It is more than likely the former that is the case.
There have, of course, been plenty of encouraging signs for Leicester over the years. The club now have five successive top ten Premier League finishes to their name, and have played in the last two Europa League campaigns. But with such positivity comes expectation, with fans now wanting the Foxes to take things up a notch.
As proven in the past, however, Leicester have traditionally relied on selling their big-name players in order to fund their incomings. The latest reports suggest that manager Brendan Rodgers must do the same this summer. But who could leave the King Power Stadium?
Perhaps the most worrying name on the potential list of exits is star midfielder James Maddison. He has been strongly linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur in recent weeks. It would certainly be foolish to rule out such links, given both Maddison’s ambitions and indeed just how successful Spurs have been in the current window.
They have brought in the likes of Yves Bissouma, Ivan Perisic and Richarlison among others, showing just how much pull manager Antonio Conte has when it comes to bringing in new players. Maddison could very easily become the latest piece of an exciting puzzle that is currently being built in north London.
The versatile 25-year-old scored 12 goals and provided eight assists in the league last season, adding six more goals and four more assists in other competitions. He was undoubtedly the club’s star man last time out, but might not hang around much longer if the Foxes don’t share his ambitions.
Another midfielder who has long been linked with an exit from the King Power Stadium is Youri Tielemans. The Belgian has reportedly been attracting interest from Arsenal and Manchester United. Whether or not either club follows through with that interest with an official bid remains to be seen.
Tielemans has been a regular in the middle of the park since arriving from Monaco in 2019. Slowly but surely, however, his future at the club has become increasingly uncertain. He is one of ten players at Leicester in the final year of their contracts.
While questions have been asked over his fitness levels, there is no doubting his ability, with the Belgian capable of picking out a teammate or dribbling past opposition players with his tidy footwork. He can also find the back of the net when called upon, often in fantastic fashion.
Leicester will certainly be reluctant to let talented full-back Timothy Castagne go, but he has been linked heavily with Atletico Madrid, and could be on the move if the Foxes receive a hefty fee.
The Belgian has had some unfortunate injuries during his time in England, but has shone at both right-back and left-back when given the chance. He’s even proven his worth in midfield.
That said, Leicester are by no means light when it comes to full-back. Youngsters Luke Thomas and James Justin have stepped up to the plate in recent seasons, while right-back Ricardo simply needs an injury-free campaign to showcase his full array of talents once again.
As mentioned, Leicester do have plenty of options in their side, and while they may be considered light in attack, both Jamie Vardy and Patson Daka can be relied upon when it comes to the position of striker, with Vardy in particular still the key man in the final third.
Nigerian Kelechi Iheanacho is also a strong option, but reports suggest that he could be the striker sacrificed in order to free up funds for fresh faces. The former Manchester City man spent a large chunk of last season on the bench, which is perhaps a major signifier that his time in Leicester could be coming to an end.
Just 25, there will be plenty of clubs lining up for his signature, but it may be difficult for Leicester to sell the striker for a large fee. He netted just four goals in 26 Premier League appearances last season.
Which other Leicester players could go?
The two players dominating the headlines when it comes to being close to leaving are Hamza Choudhury and Boubakary Soumare. But both players would reportedly only be leaving on loan, and therefore not helping the Foxes in their usual transfer strategy of receiving a large fee.
Defender Wesley Fofana is, however, one such player who could leave the King Power for a big-money move, with many top clubs chasing his signature. But Leicester are keen to keep hold of the talented centre-back. Forgotten man Dennis Praet could also fetch a few million should he be moved on permanently after a loan spell at Torino last season. The same could be said for Harvey Barnes, with Newcastle reportedly keeping an eye on the winger.
There are also a number of Leicester players currently in the final year of their contracts, including Jamie Vardy, Caglar Soyuncu, Jonny Evans and Kasper Schmeichel among others. The Foxes may be forced into cashing in on some players on that list this summer in order to avoid losing them for free this time next year.
Leicester’s big-name exits over the years
If any of the wanted men do make an exit this summer, they would join a now-famous list of high-profile transfers out of Leicester. Manchester United captain Harry Maguire sits top of that list when it comes to the fee involved, with the centre-back moving to Old Trafford for almost £80m.
Closely following Maguire is Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez and his £60m move to Manchester City, with trio Ben Chilwell, N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater all making big-money moves to Chelsea. The three combined cost the Blues over £100m.