Brendan Rodgers draws up list of summer targets as manager seeks to make his mark on Leicester squad
- Brendan Rodgers has identified the players he would like to bring to Leicester
- The Foxes are looking to recruit at least one full-back and a striker
- Rodgers may also need to find a replacement for Man City target Ben Chilwell
- The Irishman hopes to sign players suited to his ‘counter-attacking style’
Brendan Rodgers believes Leicester may need to break their transfer record this summer to sign players of the quality he wants.
The Leicester manager is very happy with the squad he has inherited but said the club might need to spend big to match his ambitions.
The current highest fee paid by Leicester stands at £29million for Islam Slimani in 2016 in a move that failed to work out. Last summer the club bought James Maddison for £24m and Ricardo Pereira for £22m and found success.
Brendan Rodgers has identified the players he would like to bring to Leicester in the summer
Leicester will try to sign Youri Tielemans permanently from Monaco when the window opens and given the French club were demanding £40m in January, capturing the Belgian would inevitably eclipse Slimani. Although that deal could be offset by Adrien Silva going the other way.
Leicester have identified a number of targets, with the club wanting at least one full-back and a striker to challenge Jamie Vardy.
Asked if it was likely Leicester would have to top £30m, Rodgers said: ‘The money is going up, absolutely, we shall see.’ He added: ‘You pay for quality but the notion of the squad has been to bring in a talent and develop them. But you also need support around that talent as well.
The Foxes are looking to recruit at least one full-back and a striker to challenge Jamie Vardy
‘There is a lot of work going on and a weekly meeting in terms of recruitment. There is daily dialogue in terms of players, it is on-going.
‘It is never easy when you are trying to bring in players to improve the squad. But there is a lot of great work by the guys going on behind the scenes.’ Rodgers might also need to find a replacement for Ben Chilwell should Manchester City pursue their interest in the left-back.
‘Ben is outstanding, and as a manager you look to improve and develop players,’ said Rodgers. ‘The job is to keep them focused to the end of the season, then they go away with international teams. All the speculation, you can’t really control that.’
Rodgers may also need to find a replacement for Manchester City target Ben Chilwell
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