The Leicester City fans in the Transfer Tavern are resigned to losing Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City this summer as a potential deal edges closer to completion, but they are pleased that their club have been able to command such an extortionate transfer fee for his services.
According to reports from Sky Sports, Man City have finally made a breakthrough in their bid to sign Riyad Mahrez and a medical could be completed by the end of the week. Although a fee is yet to be agreed, the report states that the Foxes will receive a fee in the region of £60 million for the Algerian ace – a sum of money which would go a long way to improving the Leicester team if reinvested wisely.
Although the news will arrive as a disappointment to the Leicester supporters, it hardly arrives as any great surprise following months of speculation linking him with a move to the Etihad Stadium.
However, further unwelcome news emerged for Leicester recently as Sky Sports also believe that both Chelsea and Roma are interested in signing Kasper Schmeichel.
Schmeichel (valued at £9 million by Transfermarkt) has established a glowing reputation for his performances at Leicester in recent years, most notably during their shock title victory in 2016, but his recent showing on the international stage with Denmark appears to have firmly caught the attention of some of Europe’s top clubs.
Like Mahrez, Schmeichel would command a huge transfer fee and his Transfermarkt valuation is certainly some way off the mark, but that should not convince Leicester to sell their star player this summer.
Not only is Schmeichel a fantastic goalkeeper, he is a leader, a motivator and one of the longest serving players at the club, so selling him this summer would simply be a cataclysmic deal for the Foxes to complete.
The Mahrez deal is far from ideal, but it’s one which has been in the pipeline for months so it will feel like a relief for Leicester to finally put it behind them; the same cannot be said for any deal involving Schmeichel’s departure.
The great Dane is quite simply indispensable and must remain at the club if Leicester want to remain competitive next season, otherwise they could find themselves in the midst of a relegation scrap.
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