Leicester City have had a bid of £20m snubbed by Burnley for defender James Tarkowski, according to The Athletic.
Sources into @TheAthleticUK: Leicester have now contacted Burnley over James Tarkowski and made an offer of around £20m. It was rejected. Could take double that amount and #lcfc will not go near there. #twitterclarets
— Laurie Whitwell (@lauriewhitwell) August 6, 2019
The club have seemingly gone after the two-cap England international after selling their star centre-half to Manchester United for a world-record fee of £80m.
According to The Athletic, Leicester made contact with the Lancashire club and offered them around £20m, however, it was rejected and it’s alleged that Leicester might need to double it if they want him. The same report suggests that Leicester are not willing to pay anything near that price for the defender.
After the club received £80m for Harry Maguire, they could presumably have one arm tied behind their back when it comes to the negotiation table.
Bids for Tarkowski and an enquiry over Nathan Ake shows that they are looking to replace Maguire with a Premier League standard player, however, both reports (The Athletic and Sky) suggesting that they are in for them suggest that they are not willing to fork out for the asking prices.
With Tarkowski, the club should try and find a compromise with Burnley, as a replacement of his calibre may be needed if they want to qualify for Europe next season. Despite playing in a Burnley side which has been criticised for its direct football (as highlighted by the Burnley Express), Tarkowski – like Maguire – has good ability on the ball and will be able to do a good job in replacing Maguire’s ability to pass and bring the ball out as well as defend. Indeed, a certain Gareth Southgate previously lauded his calmness on the ball after he appeared for England.
Right now the club only has Jonny Evans (31), Wes Morgan (35), Caglar Soyoncu (23) and Filip Benkovic (22) as options so there may be space for a defender entering his prime who is experienced in the Premier League. When you consider the fact Ake is understood to cost around £75m and Tarkowski outperformed him in terms of interceptions, clearances and blocks last season (per WhoScored), perhaps there is an argument to suggest a fee of around £40m mark isn’t too outlandish given the current state of play in the market.
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