Arsenal, Real Madrid, Besiktas and Newcastle in chase for Leicester City targets

Arsenal are in the chase for Dennis Praet, who has expressed a desire for more game time as he see his chances lower and lower with a possible addition of Boubakari Soumare. This shows what type of club Leicester City are set to become, and fantastic to see that finally we are brushing of competition for players, with only Man City, Chelsea and Man Utd the only clubs to lure away our best players.

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Hamza Choudhury could also be seen on his way out the exit door with both Norwich and Newcastle believed to be eager to add the midfielder to their squads. Choudhury is a good tackler and a player adjustable and with fighting spirit, and of course searching for more game time as other players are surely in the front seat at Leicester City.

Rachid Ghezzal is desperate to move back to Besiktas, after being a great hero there last season as part of a league winning side, but the demand of money would probably stop such an attempt, but it’s believed that an offer could come in from Serie A, and that could also trigger Ghezzal, but we still believe he will be somewhere else than Leicester City next season.

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Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall is wanted back at Luton Town, with a number of other clubs also monitoring the situation regarding the popular midfielder. Brendan Rodgers might be thinking about him also going forward as a first team alternative with a very interesting progress seen last season.

Nigel Pearson is starting his rebuild of Bristol City with a minor reunion of former foxes down at Ashton Gate, with Matty James and Danny Simpson already in place and Andy King on a trial at this time. Dave Rennie has also joined Nigel and long term physio alternative at Leicester City will now give his services at Bristol City.

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Real Madrid are out looking for new recruits with Wesley Fofana seen as a possible target, surely it would be a surprise if Fofana will be moving on after just one season and at such a young age, this looks as just thin air and not a concrete rumour, the same to be said about Youri Tielemans and his Liverpool flirt, and of course the interest from Barcelona and Man City for Caglar Soyuncu.

Danny Ward is seen as a possible target for Wolves as they are seeking a new goalkeeper, and the Wales international recently doing a great job in the Euro’s but with the tally of four in the back against Denmark, it’s been a bit silent lately, though Ward had nothing to do with the goals, not seen as blunders, but it would be a difficult chase for Wolves as the fee could be as high as £15million.

Current talk about James Maddison and his Arsenal adventure looks dead with a long term contract at Leicester City and no real foundation and transfer funds of that size available at The Emirates and to disposal for Arteta.

How Svennis became pivotal at both Man City and Leicester, paving the path for a bright future!

Sven Goran Eriksson had a vision when he was appointed manager at both Leicester and Man City, to bring the clubs to their potential level of their best. Svennis set a standard that we all know was copies of his former work, and that was from a level of almost perfection.

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We all know about his past and how he managed to shock Europe with IFK Gothenburg and later doing great and fantastic jobs in Portugal with Benfica and moving on to Serie A and being in charge of Sampdoria, Fiorentina, Roma and Lazio.

His time as boss of England became a bit bizarre, and his side affairs often shadowed the work done with the national team, getting it almost correct in one Euro and two World Cup’s. Despite having a grand group of players, he didn’t have the class needed in key areas, and a problematic balance between players of especially Man Utd, Liverpool and Chelsea, as they never found the glue needed to be the perfect set up.

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When he joined Man City in 2007, he had a hard time finding the correct logistic of players taking over a messy situation and despite all those challenges bringing The Blues to the top of the table in the early stages of the season, with Kasper Schmeichel as an emergency, young and unexperienced goalkeeper in goal. He later replaced Kasper with other alternatives, but the connection and respect was already in place.

After a difficult end to his first and only season at Man City, his replacement Mark Hughes never lasted long either, and a former pupil of Svennis, Roberto Mancini took over and build on that first foundations, which in real did see Man City take steps to their grand return of being a top club.

Man City has since played in the Champions League final, won League Cup’s and FA Cup’s in numbers and also taken home Premier League titles five times.

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Two years after leaving Man City he returned to management in England and was appointed manager of Leicester City. Expectations were high as the contact web of Svennis might have been a key in the selection by the Thai owners as they did see a possibility to bring in stars that could lift the club fast and easy up into the Premier League.

Svennis is a type of coach you seldom would find in football today, such a calm approach, gentle and soft in every way with a football vision few might know how grand is. The way he galvanised IFK Gothenburg and made them European champions with a group of players mostly from the city of Gothenburg with a few from the north, and it all became a formula he later used as he took clubs forward.

Leicester City finished the 2nd tier in 10th in Svennis first season in charge, but as his approach failed in the next campaign, he was not given a chance to see his plattform of work getting the praise he fully deserved, and it was a bit of platter for Nigel Pearson to start working with.

The addition of Danny Drinkwater and Wes Morgan made the most of a season that ended in a 9th position mostly with players brought in by Svennis and far from a finished project as the club took their next steps, but at least a pattern and system of professionalism was in place and players like Kasper Schmeichel, David Nugent, Sol Bamba, Paul Konchesky and Andy King were either brought in or given important roles in the team.

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Young prospects such Oliver Norburn and Jeffrey Schlupp were also integrated in the group. The signing of Sean St Ledger didn’t turn out as well as we all would have hoped with the Republic of Ireland at the time seen as one of the most interesting prospects outside the top flight.

Things never turned out as well as we would have hoped for Svennis with his second season full of unstable results and a lot of ups and downs, from a great 4-0 home win v. Derby County at King Power Stadium, and then losing against Birmingham City and Millwall. It was unfortunate for Svennis and he lasted just a year at Leicester City. TCF believe his work was really the start of what we later could see flourishing under Nigel Pearson and Claudio Ranieri, with a foundation built that in real paved a path with grand similarities to the pattern from his year at Manchester City.

Few might agree with this but if you look at what Svennis did at Leicester City, he gave the place a new bit of life, a better ground base to work from and really settled a system of success at the club and with his standards you have seen the next steps taken in a grade few could imagine at Manchester City and Leicester.

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When Svennis turned up at Leicester, he had known the club inside out as he in previous years had good connections with Peter Taylor. Taylor was the interim boss of England and manager of Leicester City in the early days of this century, and handing over the job and then staying on as assistant to Svennis, helping the Swede on board in a job that no foreigner had been in before. Taylor and Svennis had their talks when bringing in Roberto Mancini to Leicester City, as the Italian international had a long and previous past as a player under Svennis.

Today both Man City and Leicester are among the top clubs in English football. First it was Man City who broke into that top four and splitted up Chelsea, Arsenal, Man Utd and Liverpool, and then Leicester being the club breaking up the top six. These are the two clubs managed by Svennis in the start of a road set to become a top flight adventure.

Leicester City are the grand example of a fairy story but what happened at Man City is also fantastic and a club gone from the ashes and back to the top of the pops. We love these stories and with the Swede doing a bit of ground work in both camps, he will for TCF always be a fantastic and great manager, a pioneer in his way of running teams and approaching the game, and he is up there with Pep Guardiola and Marcelo Bielsa in the way of football knowledge, coaching abilities and hunger for the game, as teams have moved forward with style, flair and foundations, just simply a visionary man.

The Euro’s, Leicester City transfer targets and special moments with foxes relations in the middle!

Not only Danny Ward and Kasper Schmeichel coming up against each other in the Euro’s, looking at foxes relations. Of course a special happening when two goalkeepers from the same club play each other, representing two different nations in finals international tournament, something rarely or never really happening, but yesterday it was all in the open.

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Two others that came up against each other with a past at Leicester City was Roberto Mancini and Aleksandar Dragovic, and what a drama, what a game, with the former Lazio and Sampdoria legend winning it all in the end, but all credit to the Red Star Belgrade defender that made the most out of the game with his team mates.

Roberto Mancini spent a short period of time at Leicester City, during the 2000/01 season and helping the club over the new years period, but after just four league games and one outing in the FA Cup it was all over, though his presence were seen and a bit mighty as his team mates struggled to be tuned with a player that had done it all and was on his ending, and then straight from his Filbert Street adventure taking over as manager of Fiorentina.

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Aleksandar Dragovic spent the 2017/18 season on loan at Leicester City but didn’t really get a look in, and a pity really as he would have been a great alternative at the moment showing a clear and steady presence. Now on 94 caps for Austria at the age of 30, he will most certainly reach 100 if he continues in the national team. Dragovic played eleven league games while at the football club and never did look comfortable, but yesterday showing grit and being well balanced, fighting hard as Austria stunned Italy at moments during this game that went into extra time before it was all settled with a 2-1 win to Italy.

Today Youri Tielemans and Dennis Praet will be in action and with the latter said to be looking for options during the summer and could be on his way back to Serie A in Italy. There were rumours also last summer, then Torino had their eyes on Praet but nothing happened. Youri Tielemans is also in demand and his star is rising with Liverpool said to be the front runner among the interesting clubs.

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With Kasper through to the quarters, we all would of course be happy with an advancement of the two Belgians as well. Plenty to look forward to as the clash v. Portugal will be on later today. Among the players linked with Leicester City, Ben White of Brighton & Hove Albion is still in the tournament, but will probably not get much playing time for England as the tournament goes forward.

Other players previously linked with Leicester City still involved are Germany’s Robin Gosens, Denmark’s Mikkel Damsgaard, Joachim Andersen and Jannik Westergaard. Sweden midfielder Mattias Svanberg and Belgian Thorgan Hazard.

Exciting games to look forward to, we are following up on all players in a link with Leicester City.

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