It has been a busy summer for Claude Peul at Leicester City but there is no sign of the action in the transfer market coming to an end.
The Foxes have focused largely on defensive additions, signing Ricardo Pereira, Jonny Evans and goalkeeper Danny Ward, but bolstered their creativity with the capture of James Maddison from Norwich City.
Following the departure of Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City, reports now suggest that another big exit could take place and that may finance other deals for Leicester. Here, we have identified five deals that could go ahead this week.
Jamaal Lascelles: Newcastle United
The highly-rated Newcastle United captain has been linked with a number of Premier League sides during the past year and, despite the Magpies insistence they will not listen to any bids for the 24-year-old, Leicester could swoop.
The Sun states Leicester are eying the former Nottingham Forest man to bolster their defensive options amidst speculation that Manchester United could swoop to land one of their prized assets (more on that later).
With Newcastle adamant they will not sell, Leicester will have to pay a hefty price if they are to persuade their top-flight rivals into a deal.
Jordan Ayew: Swansea City
Having already snatched Jonny Evans from the grasps of a relegated side, Leicester look set to do it all over again as WalesOnline states that Leicester, alongside Fulham, are currently the frontrunners in the hunt to sign Jordan Ayew.
Top-scorer for Swansea with 11 goals last season, the Ghana international is not short on suitors and could be tempted to follow his brother out of the Liberty Stadium, with Andre Ayew set to spend the season on-loan in Turkey with Fenerbache.
“They have proved themselves at Premier League level but they are both aware of the situation and that any deal has to be right for us.”
Harry Maguire to Manchester United
Jose Mourinho caught the headlines over the weekend by throwing his toys out of the pram following Manchester United’s pre-season defeat to arch-rivals Liverpool and the repercussions could have serious consequences for Leicester.
The Times has stated that Foxes defender Harry Maguire is the Red Devils’ prime target for the remainder of the transfer window, as Mourinho looks to lure the England World Cup icon to Old Trafford for the new season.
Leicester have demanded around £75m for the centre-back, Metro reports, with the Foxes eyeing the aforementioned Jamaal Lascelles as his replacement.
Kyosuke Tagawa: Sagan Tosu
Shinji Okazaki could be joined by his compatriot at Leicester City ahead of the new season, as reports from Sports Nippon state that the Foxes are eyeing a move for Japan youth international Kyosuke Tagawa – who currently plays for J-League side Sagan Tosu.
The 19-year-old has already made 50 senior appearances for the Japanese club, scoring eight goals, and like Okazaki plays in a support striker role, having established himself as a regular for his nation’s youth ranks – scoring a memorable goal in the Toulon Tournament this summer against Portugal’s U21 side.
Teenage ace Tagawa would not currently be eligible for a work permit and any deal bringing him to the club would be one for the future.
Bernard: Free agent
The departure of Riyad Mahrez to Manchester United has left the Foxes with a void to fill on the flanks and Claude Peul seems to be eyeing an ambitious replacement, as Brazilian outlet Globo Esporte state Leicester have made an offer to Bernard.
A free agent after his contract with Shakhtar Donetsk expired last month, interest in the 25-year-old Brazil international is fierce as the report adds 12 clubs have made an approach – including West Ham, Monaco, Wolfsburg and Chelsea.
Capped 14 times by Brazil, Bernard would certainly be an exciting addition at the King Power Stadium but it will take a major turn of events for him to join the Foxes.