The move for Harry Maguire finally happened, a supposed £85million deal made the saga come to a conclusion which is good for both parties. This is football, but it can silently be turned around with errors done in the market by “The Giants”.
Manchester United does have the money to use and they can afford to gamble on Harry Maguire, but with his display in the England shirt it’s hardly a gamble, he is quality and with a Champions League spot to fight for, you will of course need players of that caliber.
TCF believe, as earlier said, that Leicester City needs to get more players out before using any more money, as the transfer sales and buys now are in balance. Daniel Amartey and Nampalys Mendy are close to deals and could be sold early next week.
The fact that Brendan Rodgers believe he needs more quality in midfield is a bit of a riddle, since he have a number of options and on the flank he also have good alternatives, so to see another face coming in looks a bit odd at this time of the window, but with what the manager says, he might have one or two on his mind.
Rodgers could call Brighton or Burnley, but according to “The Beautiful South” it could likely be Rotterdam or anywhere, Liverpool or Rome. Players all over linked with Leicester City at the moment.
Leicester City played a pairing in the central defense against Atalanta and also in previous pre-season games that could be one of the most solid in the Premier League next season. A 31 year old defender with the name of Jonny Evans, with a presence in the pre-season games that have been phenomenal. He is a leader and underrated by many, 80 caps for his country, been winning everything at Manchester United and is one player that stands out more important than Harry Maguire.
Caglar Soyuncu, capped 24 times for Turkey, 23 years of age, not many in that category. Soyuncu was in the shadows last season. Brendan Rodgers looks motivated to try his preferred partnership in pre-season, Evans and Soyuncu. Soyuncu will trigger a move away, if he cannot get regular first team action.
Then you have Filip Benkovic, Croatia U.21 international and a Celtic treble winner last season, not bad for a CV either. Wes Morgan have a one year running contract, and he is available if an emergency occurs.
Four solid central defenders and not many in the Premier League with players such as those. You have a few central defenders linked with the club, but believe that Brendan Rodgers will wait until January to trigger a deal if this position will be seen as problematic. Morgan will probably not be around next season and to have one more player in this area later on, might not be a bad idea.
Lewis Dunk and James Tarkowski are players linked, who can be slotted right into the defense and personally would prefer Tarkowski, with Dunk needing a more pacy defender alongside him. Neither Tarkowski or Dunk are as fast as Caglar Soyuncu.
If Brendan Rodgers would start a flirt with Brighton or Burnley over those two players and be willing to pay £50million, as said being the asking price, TCF would be very surprised, especially if it happens in the last week before the season kicks-off, don’t believe in that.
The link to Kristian Kabasele from Watford is one interesting and the price to pay, just in the region of £5million, makes more sense. Lazio defender Bastos could also be seen as a possible option, as he also is one to get for a smaller fee.
The situation up front might be more interesting for Brendan Rodgers as he seek more power, and possibly adding a flank alternative. Albrighton, Barnes and Gray are the players he’s got, with Perez also an option. Ghezzal and Kapustka looks as possible departure candidates, so is Diabate, all of them not really top six players.
Don’t be surprised if a loan move would happen with players such as Harry Wilson, Victor Camarasa and Ivan Perisic all being talked about earlier.
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