Still no new manager appointed, but the club and their owners looks to the future with their own eyes, talking contracts, sales and possible arrivals.
The seven players released will of course reduce the wage bill, but the club will gain zero on players payed for monumental fees. This is one of the worst scenarios in football, when you pay heavy fees on players in their early twenties and get nothing for them, it’s almost a suicide act.
Leicester have serious problems to sort out, and to get anything on track we probably will see more departures happening with the likes of Wilfred Ndidi, Jannik Vestergaard, Patson Daka, Timothy Castagne, Wout Faes, Kelechi Iheanacho, James Maddison, Harvey Barnes and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall all being tracked by top clubs in England and Europe.
We certainly hope the club will be able to sort this out in the best way possible, but again believe that as many as four of the players listed above will be on the way out and bring in a total fee of £150million, to just get the machinery flouting.
Just to run two major facalities as Belvoir Drive and Seagrave will be difficult within FFP rules, and then having plans of a new stadium extension as well, you do need to sell. The message from Top was there to see, but this club as it is run today will not survive without major sales of players.
The wage bill must be cut down to a minimum, but a number of high earners still at the club, will see this calculation as impossible to get in plus, and it looks grim with salary gaps between the highest earners and the lowest earners between £1 to £2million a year. This will tear apart the dressing room and make it very difficult to get harmony in such an environment.
This could leave to even more changes that could see Jamie Vardy, Marc Albrighton and Ricardo Pereira, alongside Harry Souttar, Victor Kristiansen and Bouba Soumare, all being able to leave, so it’s a difficult situation and not easy to solve as new players will not be paid the same way.
This could lead to another straight relegation, as the fall from the top shelf with a troubled financial situation , all in all can give a massive snowball effect and crash the project all together.
We are certain of one transfer, James Maddison will leave the club this summer, but the fee to pay looks to have being reduced from £65million to £50million and the club, if desperate enough, could accept a fee as low as £30million. Harvey Barnes is also one we believe will be on his way out, and hopefully those two transfers can be settled fast. Arsenal and Inter are two clubs showing an interest for Timothy Castagne, and also Wilfred Ndidi being linked with a move to Napoli.
Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall has earlier been linked with Luton and Liverpool, today Everton is said to have an interest in the midfielder. At this point it would be a massive surprise if KDH leaves the club this summer, but as we have a bad feeling about the situation, he could also be on the way out.
Graham Potter will never walk into the environment Brendan Rodgers experienced, having little or no idea about transfers last summer and in all a difficult situation to handle. This is the quick facts about Leicester as they are in massive trouble and needs to set finance first at every point, and why they have not done that in the first place, is a massive riddle.
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