Leicester City have identified Lewis Dunk as the man to replace Harry Maguire should he leave this the club this summer.
England international Maguire has been linked with a big money move to Manchester this summer, with both City and United said to be keen on signing him.
It is thought that Leicester will accept a bid for the 26-year-old if their valuation of £85 million is met, meaning the club will be in need of a new centre-back to take his place.
According to a report from TEAMTalk, cited by the Leicester Mercury, the man that Brendan Rodgers would like to do that is Brighton and Hove Albion’s Dunk.
The 27-year-old has made 270 appearances for the Seagulls since making his debut in 2010, and has been vice-captain since 2016.
He has impressed since arriving in the Premier League too, receiving praise for both his defensive performances and leadership skills in both of Brighton’s two years in the top flight so far.
The Englishman signed a new five-year deal with the South Coast club in October last year, which may make it difficult for the Foxes to land their man, however, the report also says that Leicester are willing to break their transfer record to get Dunk through the door, with a bid of £40 million being prepared.
The singing of Dunk will depend on the sale of Maguire, however, this report suggests Leicester are readying themselves for his exit.
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Keane, who played for Leicester in 2012/13, is another potential Maguire replacement this summer. He performed well for Everton last season, so the Toffees would be reluctant to let him go, but a sizeable offer may convince them.
Links with ADO Den Haag centre back are still being made. The Ivory Coast international is attracting interest from a number of Premier League clubs, and could be a cheaper alternative for the Foxes if they decide against other targets.
No links have been made, but Dejan Lovren is a player Leicester should consider. He’s now fourth choice centre-back at Liverpool and may want to leave for regular game time. Rodgers signed the Croatian during his time in charge at Anfield, so a reunion isn’t beyond possibility.
Arsenal are reportedly prepared to listen to offers for their captain as Unai Emery looks to shake-up his squad ahead of next season. Although he’s 33-years-old and is approaching the end of his career, the Frenchman would offer a lot of experience and knows the Premier League very well.
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