Leicester City have identified Burnley defender James Tarkowski as a possible replacement for Harry Maguire, according to a report from Sky Sports.
The Foxes are wary of the level of interest that top clubs in the Premier League have expressed regarding a possible deal for their centre-back, and this appears to have prompted them to make contingency plans in case he leaves.
Maguire is, as per Sky Sports, a target for both Manchester City and Manchester United this summer, with both clubs keen to add to their defensive options ahead of next season.
On the back of a successful World Cup campaign with England last year, the centre-back enjoyed a positive season at the King Power Stadium, earning himself yet more plaudits.
Maguire is a man in demand, but according to Sky Sports, records will need to be broken if he is to leave the club, as Leicester value him at £80 million – this would exceed the £75 million that Liverpool spent on Virgil van Dijk, which made the Dutchman the most expensive defender in footballing history.
Nevertheless, should a potential suitor meet the Foxes’ gigantic valuation of the England international, it seems they are already identifying possible transfer targets.
Burnley defender Tarkowski has been a consistent player for his side in the past couple of seasons, and his displays have earned him a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s national squad on several occasions in recent times, too.
Leicester do not want to lose Maguire, but if they do, the Clarets star appears to be one of their favoured choices to fill the void he would leave.
Other central defenders who Leicester could target if Maguire leaves
Izzo had an excellent season at Torino. He would be an astute signing for most clubs in world football.
Elvedi is an underrated player. The Borussia Monchengladbach star is a high-quality defender.
Jemerson could leave Monaco after they failed to secure European football. With the right coaching, he can flourish.
Schar was superb for Newcastle United in central defence last season. He is an underrated player who could slot seamlessly into Leicester’s defence.
Orban is a key player for RB Leipzig but new boss Julian Nagelsman could favour the club’s more youthful options. He would be an excellent buy.