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Leicester City: Youngster linked to Liverpool; Keane latest; hunt for Kanté replacement continues

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Leicester City: Youngster linked to Liverpool; Keane latest; hunt for Kanté replacement continues

To begin this transfer round-up, there are two lots of positive news in the form of incomings. Firstly Sporting Gijon defender Luis Hernandez has come in to provide some depth to their defensive options. According to Sky Sports, he has signed a four-year contract at the club.

He is a ball-playing centre-back, and will be a good option to have in the squad, if Leicester decide to play a more expansive style. He also has experience of the Spanish game, which could be useful in their Champions League campaign.

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The second piece of positive news is that the club are closing in on the signing of Nampalys Mendy, who has been a priority target since the season ended. The Mirror reports that he has had a medical with Leicester and is close to joining the champions in a £12 million move.

He is being touted as the replacement for N’Golo Kanté, but I don’t think it is that clear cut. Mendy comes into the squad as a hard-working central midfielder, who has a good eye for a pass.

I think he will provide the option to play three in midfield, especially appealing in the Champions League with Leicester being perennial underdogs.

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The report also links them with a move for Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina. It makes sense that Leicester will be looking to bring in another midfielder if Kanté leaves. Leicester supporters shouldn’t worry about losing Kanté, for now at least.

Leicester are heavily pursuing two English players in Troy Deeney and Michael Keane. There have not been too many developments in the chase for the former, but an improved bid of £11.5 million has been turned down by Burnley for Keane, according to The Mirror. They are waiting for a bid of closer to £15 million for a player voted into the Championship team of the season.

It appears that the club are the ones holding the deal up, with Sean Dyche being open to letting the defender go in order to give him more funds to spend on his squad. The 23-year-old has huge potential and he has already showed his leadership and defensive qualities.

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He could yet develop into one of the next centre-backs to represent England at international level. It is easy to see why Leicester want to sign Keane at this stage, as he has a lot of room to develop.

He is an excellent aerial threat in both halves of the pitch. The Burnley centre-back scored five times last season and set pieces could be vital for Leicester this campaign. He is also very well disciplined as shown by his low total of just three yellow cards over 44 league matches.

 

Keane will be familiar to Leicester City supporters, having had a loan spell at the club during the 2012/13 season and he impressed while at the current Premier League champions. He has progressed a great deal since then and is now ready to establish himself in the top flight.

It has been a quiet few days in terms of outgoings, which will be a relief for both the club and supporters alike. Liverpool are continuing to chase talented left-back Ben Chilwell, with the Leicester Mercury stating that a third bid of £7 million has been turned down by the champions.

They are apparently looking for a figure closer to £10 million, and this would show the continuing desire from Liverpool to sign the best young players in the country. The Reds signed Joe Gomez last summer, and Chilwell would be a very similar profile of signing.

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Leicester fans will be concerned that one of their brightest youth prospects could be leaving the club this summer. He only has a year left on his contract and is concerned at his lack of first-team opportunities, with Christian Fuchs being the club’s undisputed first choice left-back.

Chilwell has already showed leadership qualities at youth team level. He is a pacey full-back, who likes to attack, possessing good close control and a wicked left foot. He needs first-team football to improve further and he will look to receive guarantees this summer, whether that be with Leicester or elsewhere.

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