Former Leicester City star Keith Gillespie believes that Caglar Soyuncu’s head could be turned by interest from Liverpool, telling the Transfer Tavern exclusively that the Foxes need to work hard to keep him at the club.
Reports last week linked the Reds with a move for the central defender, who has developed into a superb player under the management of Brendan Rodgers at the King Power Stadium.
Soyuncu has made 73 appearances for the Foxes since his move to the club in 2018 and The Daily Mirror has reported that he is on a shortlist of potential central defensive acquisitions for the Reds, with Michael Edwards, Liverpool’s transfer chief, impressed with him.
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Leicester have sold players to bigger clubs at huge fees in recent years, extracting £80m from Manchester United for Harry Maguire, £45m from Chelsea for Ben Chilwell, and £60m from Manchester City for Riyad Mahrez.
And while Gillespie accepts that the Turkey international could be interested in a move to Liverpool, he believes Leicester really need to ensure he stays at the club beyond this summer.
He told TT: “When a club like Liverpool come knocking, players heads can get turned. It’s up to Leicester to try and keep hold of him because he is a very, very good player.”
Gillespie has been impressed with the level of defenders at Leicester, and is unsurprised that a big club would be interested in Soyuncu, having seen Maguire move to Old Trafford.
He added: “You think about the problems that Man United have had defensively, they plucked a Leicester defender, now we’re talking about another three Leicester centre-halves in terms of how good they are so they’re doing something right at Leicester in terms of bringing through centre-halves.”
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