Leicester City have decided not to pursue a deal for Burnley’s James Tarkowski, Sky Sports News reports. Burnley are reluctant to let Tarkowski leave unless a major offer comes in so Leicester are exploring alternative options.
Tarkowski was one of Brendan Rodgers’ options as he seeks a replacement for Harry Maguire. The England star left Leicester to join Manchester United in an £80m deal. But Burnley value Tarkowski at more than £40m, which has put Leicester off.
Instead, Rodgers will dip into the loan market for a new central defender. There are only two days remaining in the transfer window so he will have to act quickly to find his Maguire replacement.
There are several other players who have been linked with Leicester recently. Nathan Ake of Bournemouth is an option, according to Sky Sports News, while Lewis Dunk has been linked, as per The Sun. But both players will be expensive and it looks like Rodgers will save his pennies by searching for a loan addition.
Tarkowski: Inflated but proven
Leicester had to weigh up the cost of Tarkowski against his proven Premier League quality. In Tarkowski, they knew they would be receiving a centre-back who knows the league well. The 26-year-old is in the prime of his career and on the fringe of the England squad so this deal looked good on paper.
But Burnley know that Leicester’s warchest has been boosted by their £80m Maguire sale. The Clarets are under no pressure to sell, especially after missing out on Gary Cahill, and £40m-plus is a big risk for Leicester to take.