Still holiday time, a few internationals, but for most players and probably also for the management there are little or no activity. The official sources have a few updates on pre-season memories from some of our old heroes, but nothing to be said on the transfer front.
Issues regarding transfers are and will be complex over the next two to three seasons for Leicester City. TCF will not go into details about financial fair-play rules but can say that dealing with transfers and solving all the issues will influence what will happen over the summer.
The news about James Justin and the rumors linking Ricardo Pereira to Barcelona and Juventus makes sense. According to Mercury, Justin looks to be the first new player to come in, described as the ideal cover for Ricardo Pereira, ignoring the fact that, Barcelona, Paris and Juventus all are linked with the Portuguese.
According to Leicester Mercury, the move for Justin is a done deal, and Youri Tielemans will also be one that looks close.
Leicester Mercury reports that neither Ricardo Pereira or Harry Maguire are likely to be sold, but without European football and a big bag of players “not good enough” and “surplus” you cannot really see that being possible, if it is, perfect.
TCF would of course love to see all of the best players staying, but a “voice” tells another story beleving that one maybe two of our best players will be leaving and that could be Harry Maguire and Ricardo Pereira.
Looking at the financial statement for last year and ending 9th in the Premier League last season, we would expect to see more players leaving, with only Danny Simpson and Shinji Okazaki given the boot.
Players such as Islam Slimani, Adrien Silva, Andy King, Matty James, Fousseni Diabate, Rachid Ghezzal and Kelechi Iheanacho are players to ask questions about. Slimani and Diabate are both linked with other clubs so has Caglar Soyuncu been.
Daniel Amartey is still under contract, but with his current injury and rehabilitation he will not be a selling object this summer, that makes him of course a risky player to count, but still on the wage bill.
Nampalys Mendy is another player that would be possible to let go, with a relatively good season behind him, he could be a player in demand, but so far not seen any rumors about him being “on the move”.
Bartosz Kapustka is probably “forgotten” by most, after a season on loan at Leuven. He is at the moment recovering from injury, but at his best a player with a certain potential and was a Poland international before joining from Cracovia back in 2016. Still only 22, and seen by Brendan Rodgers as a player with potential.
Since last summer we have seen a number of players leaving and would probably see more bodies being shipped out. If Brendan Rodgers is able to reduce the wage bill and get good fees for those getting sold, he can probably be able to finance a few new signings, and hopefully keep those he really want to keep.
Leicester Mercury describes the picture of the summer, but has no sayings about player departures, believing that Rodgers will add James Justin and Youri Tielemans, plus a flank and and one more attacking midfielder, which again makes the rumor about James Maddison joining a new club sensible.
A possible dream scenario would be to see Youri Tielemans join, and the rest of the players stay, no addition of James Justin or any other player as we can be able to do well with that current group.
We cannot understand that Ricardo Pereira rumors appear just as James Justin is close to signing. Would be terrible to lose Pereira. The James Justin signing makes no sense, buying him as a cover and not giving him a chance to play.
Harry Maguire is in and out of the picture at Manchester City and constantly linked with Manchester United. The rumor will not go away with Harry Maguire having a price tag of £100 million.
James Maddison is another player being described as a Manchester United target, even Wilfred Ndidi was mentioned as the same, so how all this will end is not easy to say, but if Top and his team have any hope of Europe again, and probably winning a cup, surely the best players must stay.