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Five ins and outs Leicester City could complete on Deadline Day

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Five ins and outs Leicester City could complete on Deadline Day

Defenders are the talk of the town in Leicester.

Leicester City could add further faces to their ranks in the final hours of the transfer window, as Claude Peul aims to bolster his side.

The Foxes have spent significant sums to land James Maddison, Ricardo Pereira and Rachid Ghezzal, amongst others, this summer and are eyeing additional recruits – but there is also the chance of major departures.

Therefore, it could be a busy day at the King Power Stadium and we have identified five deals that could be completed.

Danny Drinkwater: Chelsea

Things have not quite worked out the way Danny Drinkwater intended last summer when he switched Leicester for Chelsea and a homecoming could be on the horizon on Deadline Day following the Blues’ recent activity.

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The signings of Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic have pushed 28-year-old Drinkwater further down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, which has led to reports from The Independent stating Leicester have joined the chase for a loan deal.

Chelsea are demanding a fee of around £3m to make that happen, while Leicester would also have to pay the wages.

Harry Maguire to Manchester United

A stressful day is ahead for Leicester City fans as they desperately try to retain the services of England’s World Cup hero Harry Maguire, who has emerged as a top target for a stroppy Jose Mourinho and Manchester United.

Sky Sports state the 25-year-old is still hoping to complete a switch to Old Trafford, although Leicester have made their stance very clear that they will not sell the man they signed from Hull City last summer – despite defensive acquisitions looking imminent.

United could try their luck with another bid, having already seen two approaches rejected.

 

Caglar Soyuncu: Freiburg

Speculation concerning Maguire’s future has only intensified following reports that Leicester are edging towards the signing of Caglar Soyuncu from Bundesliga side Freiburg, although the Foxes stance suggests he will be a central defensive partner for the highly-rated defender.

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Sky Sports claim that the Turkey international will sign for the Foxes today for a deal that could be worth as much as £19m, with Leicester winning the race for a 22-year-old who was heavily linked with a transfer to Arsenal earlier this summer.

Capped 15 times by Turkey, Soyuncu could become an instant hit at the club.

Islam Slimani to leave

After spending the second half of last season on loan at Newcastle United, where he failed to catch the eye, Islam Slimani’s time in the Premier League looks to be up and a trio of European sides are vying for his signature.

Sky Sports states that Sporting Lisbon, Besiktas and Fenerbache are all keen on signing the 30-year-old Algeria international, who has struggled to impress at Leicester since signing for a club-record fee of £30m two years ago, and all three have until the end of August to secure a deal.

“We have a lot of players and it will be important to take a decision one time about our list for the Premier League games. We know we have 32 or 33 players. I have to take decisions of course but it is not easy. We will see for the moment about the list.”

– Puel hinted at departures due to his large squad of players.

Filip Benkovic: Dinamo Zagreb

Another defensive signing on the cards at Leicester City on Deadline Day is Dinamo Zagreb’s Filip Benkovic, an acquisition that leads to further speculation surrounding the future of United target Harry Maguire.

Sky Sports states a deal taking the Croatia U21 international is close and a medical will take place today, while adding that neither of the signings will change Leicester’s stance that Maguire is going nowhere this summer.

21-year-old Benkovic came through the youth ranks at Dinamo Zagreb, making 56 league appearances.

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