Latest Leicester City transfer news as Brendan Rodgers seeks a new defender, midfielder and winger, while several players could also be exiting the King Power Stadium
Welcome to today's Leicester City transfer coverage on Friday, June 3, 2022.
The summer transfer window is expected to be a busy one for incoming and outgoings and at the King Power Stadium should Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers get their wish. The likes of Youri Tielemans, who Arsenal are 'convinced' that they can sign, and Caglar Soyuncu could be heading for the exit, while plenty of players have been linked with arrivals so far, including Brighton and Hove Albion goalkeeper Robert Sanchez.
Some of City's brightest young talents are also attracting attention, with teenager Ben Nelson linked to the Premier League champions, Manchester City. It is understood that a number of top European clubs have also been scouting midfielder Sammy Braybrooke.
Stick with us throughout the day for all the latest on the transfer front.
There could be as many as eight City players in action today.
Luke Thomas is likely to play for England Under-21s as they take on Czech Republic in European Championship qualifying at 5pm. That's on BBC iPlayer.
Then there are trios of City players representing the same nation as Kasper Schmeichel, Daniel Iversen, Jannik Vestergaard, and Denmark take on France, with Youri Tielemans, Dennis Praet, and Timothy Castagne facing the Netherlands in a Low Countries derby. Both of those games kick off at 7.45pm.
Then Patson Daka will likely be leading the line for Zambia when they face Ivory Coast at 8pm.
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Arsenal are "convinced" that they can sign Leicester City star Youri Tielemans with the hope that an offer of £25m could persuade those at the King Power Stadium to part with their key asset.
The North London outfit have been linked intensely with a move for the Foxes ace having impressed when playing for Brendan Rodgers' side over the past few years.
Tielemans, 25, has scored 24 goals and contributed another 24 in assists from 158 appearances for the Foxes since signing from Monaco – initially on a loan deal – back in January 2019.
Read more, here.
The centre of the park looks like it could the area that requires the most attention from City's recruitment team this summer.
We've put together a lowdown the midfield here, looking at the hole Tielemans will leave behind, the others who could leave, why a decision over Maddison is brewing, what the new recruits must be able to do, and more.
Leicester City made headlines across the continent back in the winter of 2001 with the loan signing of Italian forward Roberto Mancini.
To celebrate Italy Republic Day, the Foxes have looked back on that period in the club's history, when an icon of the game arrived at Filbert Street.
There are two international matches worth keeping your eye on tonight.
Jonny Evans is likely to be in action for Northern Ireland as they take on Greece in the Nations League, while Wesley Fofana, because of the quality of the France senior squad, has not yet graduated from his country's Under-21s. Les Espoirs take on their counterparts from Serbia in European U21 Championship qualifying.
Both games kick off at 7.45.
Dewsbury-Hall's impact this season showed that the loan market can be very good for City. But can any of this season's loanees follow in his footsteps?
Here, we analyse each of the City loanees, how they got on at their temporary homes this season, and take a look at what happens next for them.
Robert Sanchez has been urged to stay at Brighton & Hove Albion after Leicester City and Newcastle United were both linked with a move for the goalkeeper.
Sanchez has reportedly caught the eye of Leicester and Newcastle but is said to be valued at £50million. The 24-year-old 6ft 5in stopper has been at Brighton since the age of 17.
Former Seagulls keeper David Stockdale reckons Sanchez would benefit from continuing his career on the south coast, under the guidance of goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts. Stockdale, who made 139 appearances for Albion between 2014 and 2017, told the club's official website: “Ben and I knew when Rob was coming through he was one to watch out for – we had Christian Walton as well, there was a great crop of keepers coming through.
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Jannik Vestergaard won't be going to the World Cup unless he leaves Leicester City this summer.
That's the message to the centre-back from his Denmark manager Kasper Hjulmand, who has said he won't pick any players who are not playing regularly in the autumn, ahead of the flight out to Qatar in November.
With Vestergaard so far down the pecking order at City, that means leaving to find a new club.
Read more here.
Leicester City chief executive Susan Whelan has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
The honour is in recognition of their services to football, the economy in the East Midlands and the wider community in Leicester. Whelan has been on City's board of directors since 2010 – the same year King Power completed their takeover of the club – and assumed the position of CEO just one year later.
During that time, Leicester have enjoyed unprecedented success in lifting the Premier League title and FA Cup for the first time in their history on the back of promotion from the Championship as champions at the end of the 2013/14 season. This season a ninth consecutive season in the top flight was secured with ease – courtesy of an eighth-place finish – as well as reaching a first European semi-final in the inaugural Europa Conference League.
Read more here.
Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has explained why he expected reported Leicester City target James Garner to become a ‘very, very good midfielder’, even before his first loan spell away from the club.
The midfielder has spent the last 18 months on loan with Nottingham Forest, helping City’s East Midlands rivals to reach the Premier League for the first time in 23 years. He played a big part in the winning goal that saw the club seal their place back in the division in Sunday afternoon’s play-off final.
Garner spent six months on loan with Watford before Forest. It was in the early stages of that loan spell that Mata predicted big things for the midfielder, who he had taken under his wing.
“I always thought he is one of the players who, if he keeps going and keeps improving, in the way he was doing in the Academy, he can be a very, very good midfielder,” Mata told Manchester United’s official website back in November 2020.
Read more here.
James Maddison hasn’t been selected by Gareth Southgate for the latest England squad due to his lack of physicality, according to pundit Trevor Sinclair.
The Leicester City midfielder was named as the club’s player of the season for 2021/22 last month after impressing in the Premier League. It was hoped that his club form would lead to a recall to the national team.
Maddison hasn’t had a call to the Three Lions squad since making his one and only appearance in November 2019, due to a lack of fitness and a downturn in form. After scoring a career high 18 goals and providing a further 12 assists this season, it led to questions being asked over why he didn’t get a call-up alongside City teammate James Justin.
Read more here.
Former Leicester City centre-forward Islam Slimani is being linked with a return to the Premier League and the East Midlands with Nottingham Forest.
The 33-year-old is now back at Sporting, who City paid a then-club record fee to sign the Algeria international from in 2016, but is expected to exit this season after already failing out of favour in the Portuguese capital despite only signing on a free transfer from Lyon at the end of January.
Slimani joined the French giants on a free transfer from Leicester in January last year on a after a four-year spell at the King Power Stadium eventually came to an end. Just eight goals followed across two half-seasons at Lyon before they themselves sanctioned a free transfer back to Portugal.
Read more, here
Leicester City are closing in on the appointment of Rangers’ doctor, Mark Waller, according to reports.
The summer break is likely to see City active in the transfer window as Brendan Rodgers looks to complete a ‘refresh’ of his squad. But it seems that additions could also be made to the backroom staff too.
As reported by the Telegraph’s John Percy, City have agreed compensation with Rangers for the doctor, in a move that is seen as a ‘real coup.’ “Bit of #lcfc transfer news (sort of): Leicester are appointing #Rangers doctor Mark Waller to a similar position after agreeing compensation,” he wrote on Twitter.
Read more here.
Maddison has to make himself too difficult for Southgate to ignore to force his way onto the plane for the World Cup, Justin has said.
The full-back has been giving encouragement to his City club-mate after his controversial absence from this month's England squad.
You can read what Justin said here.
Liverpool and Manchester City supporters have had a mixed reaction to the news that this year's Community Shield will be played at Leicester City's King Power Stadium.
City confirmed the news on Wednesday, with the season curtain-raiser due to take place on Filbert Way at 5pm on Saturday, July 31. Premier League champions Man City and FA Cup winners Liverpool will meet to play for the Community Shield, which Leicester won last year by beating Pep Guardiola's side.
Full story here
Leicester City have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Scottish wonderkid Cameron Cooper.
The Scotland under-17 international has been on trial with Rangers, Sheffield United and Leicester City with all three clubs keen on signing the striker. But it is Rangers who have "stolen a march" on the Partick Thistle youngster, according to the Scottish Sun, with the Ibrox side keen to replace Aston Villa-bound Rory Wilson.
Full story here
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Manchester City will reportedly listen to offers for Nathan Ake this summer, something which has caught the eye of some Leicester City fans on social media.
The former Chelsea man has been with Man City since the summer of 2020, after joining from Bournemouth. But the 27-year-old has failed to nail down a regular place in Pep Guardiola’s starting XI over the last couple of seasons.
That has led to reports that he could be on the way out of the Etihad Stadium this summer. According to The Times, Man City have informed both Ake and Oleksandr Zinchenko that they are free to leave this summer should the club receive reasonable offers.
Read more here.
Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale has named Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy as one of the strikers who he feared the most at the start of his career.
The goalkeeper has came up against Vardy on five occasions, with the City man scoring four times during his time with Bournemouth and Sheffield United.
In the 2020/21 campaign, Vardy scored an 90th minute winner against Ramsdale at Bramall Lane in a 2-1 victory for Brendan Rodgers's side. The previous season, the talisman put three past the then-Bournemouth shot-stopper, including an audacious lob at the King Power Stadium.
Read the full story here
Is Schmeichel staying? Why have City been linked with Brighton's Sanchez? Is there any reason why Ward played towards the end of the season? Will Jakupovic stick around again? What's going to happen with Iversen?
All of these questions and more are assessed in our lowdown on City's goalkeepers here.
Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans looks set to move on from the club this summer as speculation continues over his future.
The Belgian international has a year remaining on his current deal at the King Power Stadium and is yet to put pen to paper on a new contract, despite talks going on for well over a year. Should, as expected, an agreement not be reached, City are likely to cash in on the player this summer instead of losing him for nothing next year.
One of the teams to be credited with an interest in Tielemans is Arsenal, although reports earlier this summer suggested that Champions League football could be crucial in their move for the player. The Gunners finished fifth in the Premier League at the end of the season, meaning they will be playing in the Europa League.
Full story here.
No European football gives City an opportunity to "reset", the club's chairman Top has said.
And he wants the club to use that opportunity to fight for domestic trophies next season.
Read his thoughts on the year just gone and the upcoming campaign here.
The latest transfer rumour comes from France where it's said that City, along with Newcastle, Atletico Madrid and Napoli, have asked about Arsenal's William Saliba.
Right now, a deal would seem very unlikely. After helping Marseille to get into the Champions League with his performances on loan there this season, it seems they will be the frontrunners to sign the French international, and that's even if the Gunners want to sell.
He is very good mates with Wesley Fofana though. Read more here.
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