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Profit Players: Eagle-eyed Leicester reaping benefits of £19m signing Caglar Soyuncu

This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.

In the past five years, there aren’t many teams who can say they’ve bought as well as Leicester City.

Sure – you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs. There have been a fair few which haven’t worked out: Rachid Ghezzal, Adrien Silva, Vincente Iborra and Islam Slimani are all players who have cost over £10m and do not look to be working out for the Foxes.

However, the £66m (all fees per Transfermarkt) profits made on Harry Maguire, the £60m made on Riyad Mahrez and the £33m made on Danny Drinkwater all make a few smashed eggs seem entirely worth it.

In the space of a couple of months there now seems no doubt at all as to whether that the £19m splashed on Caglar Soyuncu in 2018 looked worth it, with Manchester City now allegedly sniffing around the Turkish international (Fotospor via talkSPORT).

There’s no huge surprise to see Manchester City are interested considering he and Leicester are performing so well. So far this season, he has played every minute of every game alongside Jonny Evans and has the fourth-highest average rating in the whole squad with 7.07, according to WhoScored’s algorithm.

With Soyuncu’s performances as a starter being so impressive, it is hard to imagine how much Leicester City will charge for the defender, but with only 14 Premier League games from him and spend of £19m, they will surely be wanting a whole lot more than what they paid for him.

Indeed, the likes of Gary Taggart have praised him and the BBC believe he’s helping the Foxes move on without Maguire, so his impact this season is there for all to see.

Potentially selling Soyuncu should generate a big profit, but it’s the way in which Leicester managed to sign a Maguire replacement before he had even left which is the real money maker. Holding onto the England international to get as big a fee as possible this summer, the Foxes already had their replacement banked and didn’t have to rush into the market with a kitty everyone knew about.

Not only have the club managed to avoid splashing big fees for other Premier League defenders (the likes of Nathan Ake and Lewis Dunk were both touted at around £40m over the summer) but they have also unearthed a potential rough diamond who could be worth well over the price they paid for him.

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Profit Players: Eagle-eyed Leicester reaping benefits of £19m signing Caglar Soyuncu
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