Leicester City tried and failed in an attempt to sign a Harry Maguire replacement, according to reports.
Championat claim (via Sport Witness) that the Foxes attempted to go after Solomon Kvirkvelia from Lokomotiv Moscow; however, it is claimed by his agent that the player rejected the club.
Mamuka Dzguheli, Kvirkvelia’s agent said: “Leicester offered €10m for Solomon but he rejected it because he wants to become a champion with Lokomotiv. He said he wanted to stay at the club for the time being.
“He feels he has a debt to pay to the club and the staff. He believes he will still get great offers after the end of this season.”
The Georgia international joined from Rubin Kazan in 2017.
With Leicester selling Harry Maguire for a world-record transfer fee for a defender (£80m), there was much anticipation to see whether they would reinvest that money into finding a new centre-back. Despite showing interest in Nathan Ake and James Tarkowski (Leicester Mercury), it was claimed that they were priced out for either defender, with Bournemouth and Burnley asking for £75m and £40m respectively.
Eventually, the club opted to stick with Caglar Soyuncu, who they bought the previous summer from Freiburg. And so far, it has paid off. The Turkish defender has played every game this season and averages a healthy 7.28/10 rating on WhoScored – the fourth highest of the entire squad. Additionally, he has averaged 4.5 aerial duels won per game, the highest in the squad.
Kvirkvelia is clearly a top player in the Russian Premier League – he played every league game last season and had an average rating of 6.99. However, at 27 years of age Leicester already have younger options who are similarly inexperienced in the Premier League.
With Leicester having four decent centre-backs in their ranks, failing to sign Kvirkvelia is not the end of the world, as Soyuncu has really stepped up to the plate.
Leicester also have Filip Benkovic at their disposal. In the Croatian and Soyuncu, they have two young centre-backs for the future; if they signed Kvirkvelia – who is hardly young at 27 – that may have prevented them from developing.
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