By News Team
Last Updated: 22nd July 2019
With Harry Maguire and Ben Chilwell strongly linked with moves away, Leicester’s main priority this summer looks to be plugging some major holes in defence.
With Manchester United favourites to sign Maguire for around £80 million and Manchester City in hot pursuit, the Foxes have been strongly linked with the Red Devils’ Ivory Coast centre-back Eric Bailly.
The former Villarreal defender is out of favour at Old Trafford, playing only 12 games in the Premier League last season – four of those as substitute – and is valued at around £20 million.
Not the best on the ball and suspect positionally, he would offer power and athleticism. Bailly is 7/2 to sign for Leicester before the transfer deadline, with Lyon also in the running at 4/1.
Leicester to resist overtures for Chilwell?
While the Foxes seem resigned to losing Maguire – especially given the vast sums being bandied around for the player – they are sure to put up a much stronger fight to keep hold of outstanding young England left-back Ben Chilwell.
The 22-year-old made 36 appearances for Leicester last season, clocking up an average 3.6 clearances and 1.3 key passes per game (up from 2.6 and 0.9, respectively, in 2017/18).
In recognition of his performances, he established himself as first choice for England – a position he could occupy for the next decade.
That said, Pep Guardiola is circling, and Manchester City are 5/4 to sign Chilwell before the transfer window closes.
To sweeten the deal, the champions could send Danilo the other way.
The 28-year-old Brazilian can play at left and right-back and is valued at around £15m.
He made only 11 league appearances for City last season, but racked up 41 La Liga appearances during his time at Real Madrid, and has a pass-accuracy of 86.1% across his career
It’s 3/1 on Danilo to sign for Leicester, but Juventus are in pole position at 10/11.
Clear out coming?
Leicester’s fans will already be delighted with the Foxes’ summer transfer business, after they wrapped up record signing Youri Tielemans from Monaco for a fee reportedly in the region of £40m.
The next generation of Belgian superstars impressed on loan last season, contributing three goals and four assists in just 13 appearances.
Forward Ayoze Pérez has also joined for £30m from Newcastle, and will add a goal threat alongside a rejuvenated Jamie Vardy.
All of which could mean, Leicester will be keen to offload a couple of players in attacking positions before the window slams shut.