Leicester Warn Man City That Harry Maguire Transfer Will Require World Record Fee

​Manchester City will have to break the world record £75m fee for a defender if they are to sign Leicester City’s Harry Maguire this summer.

The record was set in January 2018 when Liverpool purchased Virgil van Dijk, and Pep Guardiola’s side will have to top that if they are to sign Maguire – with the Foxes not willing to sell the England international for less than £90m.

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The Sun report that Guardiola was suitably impressed by the Leicester centre-half when the two sides met at the Etihad Stadium at the beginning of May, and has now decided he wants to add him to his expensively-assembled squad.

The 48-year-old is desperate to sign a replacement for the departing City captain Vincent Kompany – who has agreed to join Anderlecht on a three-year deal as the Belgian side’s player-manager – during the upcoming transfer window and Maguire is seen as a good candidate to take Kompany’s place in the side.

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The 6’3 defender has the physical and technical attributes required to succeed under the Spanish coach and, after coming through the ranks at Sheffield United, he also has the added benefit of helping to improve the club’s homegrown quota.

While the transfer fee seems incredibly high, Leicester have no compulsion to sell the England international, and appear happy to request such a large sum in the hope that the Premier League champions pull out of the deal, enabling Maguire to stay at the King Power Stadium.

Harry Maguire

The 26-year-old has four years remaining on his contract and manager Brendan Rodgers has already expressed his desire to see the former Hull City man remain at the club.

Maguire has enjoyed an impressive rise to prominence in the last couple of seasons since joining Leicester in the summer of 2017 for £17m, with his form for the Foxes earning him 18 England caps and making him one of the most sought-after defenders in world football.

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Photos: Leicester City Delight Fans With Unveiling of New 2019/20 Away Kits

Leicester City fans have expressed their delight after the club released images of their new away kits ahead of the 2019/20 season.

The 2015 Premier League champions will be wearing a pink strip for the first time in their history and supporters have revealed how happy they are with the new selection on offer at the King Power Stadium.

Alongside the bright strip is a more conventional all-black offering which has also impressed the Leicester faithful. In fact, fans of all clubs have taken to Twitter in droves to laud both outfits, with the pink kit particularly getting significant attention on the social media site.

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​​While the new shirts have certainly proved popular with supporters, the design is not exclusive to the Foxes; with adidas also selling the pink shirt as a standard top with no crest and no sponsorship.

This has caused some aggravation amongst fans as the official club merchandise will cost £55, nearly double the price the generic tops are sold for.

Whichever version fans will wear though, there is sure to be a lot of pink at Leicester matches next season as the club look to build on an impressive end to the most recent campaign.

Since new boss Brendan Rodgers took over at the end of February the team have been in good form, losing just three times in their final ten fixtures, a run which ultimately led to a ninth placed finish in the league.

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The 46-year-old will look to improve on that next season as he aims to get his side back into the European places, something they certainly appear to be capable of based on his time in charge so far.

It is safe to say that, in more ways than one, the future looks bright for the Foxes.

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Nick Pope Signs New Long-Term Deal at Burnley After Returning From Shoulder Injury

​Burnley have confirmed that goalkeeper Nick Pope has put pen to paper on a new four-year contract at Turf Moor.

The 27-year-old first arrived at the Lancashire club in 2016, completing a £1.1m move from Charlton Athletic, and he’s gone on to make 45 appearances across all competitions.

Game time was hard to come by this season, but Burnley have put their faith in the England international and they’ve now confirmed that Pope has agreed to sign a new four-year contract with the club.

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Burnley also have the option of extending the deal by an extra year, which could see Pope tied to Turn Moor until 2024.

I am in a good place. The shoulder feels good and I’m looking forward to coming back ready for next season,” Pope told the club’s official website upon the announcement. “With the contract being for a further four years that will carry me through the majority of my career. 

“When you look at a long deal like that, you take into context the club you’re at and the people you will be around every day. I love being where I am and working with the lads every day. It’s an enjoyable place to be.”

Tom Heaton’s return from injury and the arrival of Joe Hart this season saw Pope limited to just two appearances in the FA Cup, as well as a run out in their Europa League qualifying stages.


A shoulder injury forced Pope to be taken out of Sean Dyche’s selection until the turn of the year, but the 27-year-old was unable to be part of the club’s matchday squad throughout the entire Premier League season.

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James Rodriguez: The Contenders to Sign Him & Where He Might End Up

​It’s set to be a chaotic summer transfer window for Bayern Munich loanee James Rodriguez.

The Colombia international’s immediate future in Bavaria still hasn’t been decided and the clock is ticking for Bayern Munich to make Rodriguez’s deal permanent, with the Bundesliga champions needing to pay €42m by 15th June.

With it clear that the 27-year-old is surplus to requirements back at his parent club Real Madrid, teams across Europe are now lining up to land the 2014 World Cup’s poster boy before the start of next season.

Here’s a rundown of the clubs who’ve been linked with a move for Rodriguez this summer and just how likely it is that he’ll be playing there next season.


Chelsea

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With Eden Hazard on his way out of the club this summer, it’s only natural that Chelsea will be looking for a marquee name to fill the Belgium international’s boots.

But the club still hasn’t launched an appeal against their transfer ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which has to be submitted by 29th May – the date of the Europa League final – to stand any chance of being upheld.

Likelihood Rating: 1/10


Arsenal

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This isn’t the first time that Arsenal have been linked with a move to sign James Rodriguez, having been tipped to sign any semi-creative player under Arsène Wenger’s old regime.

But with a budget of roughly £40m, their transfer priorities are sitting anywhere but in Rodriguez’s position and with current playmaker Mesut Özil eating up the majority of their wage bill, it’s highly unlikely the club will even entertain a deal.

All that being said…it would be a very, very Arsenal thing to do.

Likelihood Rating: 2/10


Paris Saint-Germain

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Paris Saint-Germain might have an unlimited transfer budget in every transfer window, but the scrutiny of their ability to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations is growing every season.

Les Parisiens are under pressure to sell one of either Neymar or Kylian Mbappé this summer, but understandably they’re reluctant to let go of half of their iconic pairing.

Having a net spend of €292.5m since 2017 alone, Paris Saint-Germain won’t be looking to make too many major moves in the upcoming transfer window.

Likelihood Rating: 3/10


Liverpool

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New multi-million pound attackers won’t be at the top of Jürgen Klopp’s wishlist this summer, with Liverpool instead expected to focus bringing is some backup players for more defensive positions.

But Rodriguez has admitted that he is warming to the idea of a move to England, and the project underway at Anfield will make them the most attractive option for any attacking player looking to find a new club this summer.

Likelihood Rating: 4/10


Bayern Munich

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Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have just a few weeks left before the chance to sign Rodriguez for €42m is taken away from them, with the Colombian now at the end of his two-year loan deal at the Allianz Arena.

Even though all the signs are now pointing to Bayern Munich not activating Rodriguez’s clause, the club’s top brass have previously hinted that the loan would be made permanent, and at the very least it would allow the Bavarians to re-sell the midfielder later this summer.

Likelihood Rating: 5/10


Atlético Madrid

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The shakeup that is set to happen at Atlético Madrid this summer has been one of the most downplayed stories of the early stages of the summer transfer window.

Antoine Griezmann, Lucas Hernandez, Juanfran and Diego Godin will leave, while midfielder Rodri has also emerged as one of the most sought after players on the continent.

Although negotiating with Real Madrid could prove to be tough when Rodriguez returns to the club, Diego Simeone’s side are in the market for a goalscoring forward in a similar mould to their departing World Cup winner.

Likelihood Rating: 6/10


Manchester United

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Out of all of the Premier League clubs who are believed to be interested in signing Rodriguez this summer, a switch to Manchester United would make the most sense for everyone.

The only thing holding a move to Old Trafford back is that United appear to be focusing their attention in signing young, British players ahead of the new season.

And with so much work still to do behind the scenes in the north-west, fans might be forced to wait until next summer before any high-profile arrivals of Rodriguez’s ilk make their way into Manchester United’s dressing room.

Likelihood Rating: 6/10


Juvenuts

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It’s common knowledge that Juventus could be looking offload Paulo Dybala this summer as the Argentine continues to grow frustrated in Turin, and the club’s top brass will be looking to offer their new manager a new marquee player upon their arrival.

Rodriguez’s arrival at Juventus would boost their short-term ambitions of winning the Champions League too, offering the Colombian another shot at working alongside his former Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.

Although the Bianconeri’s interest in Rodriguez is still something which is largely up for debate, recent reports are suggesting that the Italian champions are at the front of the queue for his signature.

Likelihood Rating: 7/10

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Fulham Line Up Aleksandar Mitrovic Replacements After Setting £30m Price Tag

​Fulham are lining up replacements should they lose Serbian international Aleksandar Mitrovic this summer.

Mitrovic looks set to leave Craven Cottage this summer, with Fulham asking for around £30m in order to free up funds and replace the striker with the likes of Britt Assombalonga and Dwight Gayle.

Mitrovic netted 11 times for the Cottagers in the Premier League last season, earning interest from striker-heavy West Ham and striker-deficient Crystal Palace. 

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The Evening Standard report that manager Scott Parker is interested in signing an experienced ​Championship striker should he lose ​Mitrovic in the coming weeks.

Gayle scored 24 goals whilst on loan at West Brom and helped guide them to a top six finish, narrowly missing out in the playoff semi-finals to Midlands rivals Aston Villa, and Newcastle are believed to have set a £20m asking price for the goalscorer.

Assombalonga netted 14 times last season and would be the slightly cheaper option, with Middlesbrough asking for a fee around £15m to recoup the money they paid for him when he signed from ​Nottingham Forest two years ago. 

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​Fulham have a tough season ahead of them as they plan to mount a promotion push and Parker is already looking build a squad he believes is good enough. Should Fulham hold out for £30m for the Serbian, Parker hopes the money will be invested into the rebuilding of a squad capable achieving instant promotion.

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