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Five ins and outs Leicester could complete in window’s final days

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Five ins and outs Leicester could complete in window’s final days

The King Power could be a hive of activity in the final days of the transfer window.

Leicester have a stern test ahead of them if they are to push back into the European spots this season, after a turbulent campaign last term.

Claude Peul’s side have dipped into the market to sign James Maddison, Ricardo Pereira, Rachid Ghezzal, Danny Ward and Jonny Evans, with the Foxes summer spree funding by Riyad Mahrez’s departure to Manchester City.

Further action could be on the cards in the final days of the transfer window before the new season kicks-off and Leicester could be set to witness another expensive departure from the squad.

Here, we have identified five deals that Leicester could complete this week.

Chris Mepham: Brentford

Leicester are seeking more defensive depth ahead of the new Premier League season and have turned their sights towards Brentford’s Chris Mepham targeted by the Foxes, who are facing competition in the market from Bournemouth.

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The Daily Mail states Leicester have seen a £10m offer rejected and are now weighing up whether to increase their offer for a player who would be third choice at the heart of defence behind Jonny Evans and Harry Maguire.

However, the saga concerning England international Maguire could provide the catalyst to a potential deal.

Stefano Sturaro: Juventus

Leicester are one of a number of clubs said to hold an interest in Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro this summer and have now been informed of his price-tag, which could also turn the heads of West Ham and Newcastle.

CalcioMercato state the Serie A champions are seeking around £18m for the services of the 25-year-old Italy international, a move that could be financed by Leicester if Harry Maguire completes a mega switch to Manchester United.

Sturaro would be a stellar recruit for Leicester but the fight for his signature would be vast and Fiorentina would hold an advantage as they have until the end of August to negotiate a deal.

 

Harry Maguire to Manchester United

After starring for England at the World Cup, helping Gareth Southgate’s side reach the semi-finals in Russia, Harry Maguire has emerged as a top-target for Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United and it could be one of the more expensive deals to go ahead in the coming days.

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Sky Sports states that United are preparing a bid for Maguire, who returns to Leicester training this week after an extended break, and a deal could be a world-record fee for a defender due to Leicester’s demands in the market.

The current record is the £75m fee Virgil van Dijk cost Liverpool in January.

Mame Biram Diouf: Stoke City

Leicester’s quest for reinforcements ahead of the start of the Premier League season seems to have seen the club turn their attention to the second-tier, as reports suggest the Foxes are looking to raid a recently relegated side for additions.

The Sun says Leicester have seen an offer for Mame Biram Diouf rejected by Stoke, who are holding out for a fee of around £15m for the forward, with it added that the Foxes have been chasing the services of the 30-year-old for three years.

“He’s a great guy with fantastic attitude to his work. He gets a bit frustrated he doesn’t play down the middle but, at the moment, he’s playing exceptionally well in his new role.”

– Former Stoke boss Mark Hughes played Diouf in an unfamiliar role last year.

Modou Barrow: Reading

Another forward option being considered by Claude Peul’s side is Reading forward Modou Barrow, who got his career with the Championship side back-on-track last season after previously spending a disappointing stint with Leeds United.

Swedish outlet Sportbladet state Leicester are keen on the 25-year-old and the player is keen on a move to the Premier League, although it is added the Foxes are reluctant to match Reading’s £8.6m valuation of the Gambia international.

Barrow signed for Reading last year from Swansea, scoring ten league goals in 41 appearances.

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