Just over four weeks on from the end of the Premier League season, but still just over four weeks away from the first preseason fixture, we really couldn’t be any deeper in transfer rumour season.
While the rumours were eerily accurate for once in predicting Leicester City’s first big move of the summer transfer window, at this point it can be hard to keep up with who’s linked with whom and whether the, often anonymous, source can be trusted. For your convenience, we’ve compiled a list of all the major Foxes rumours to come about since the Maguire deal was confirmed.
Starting with a done deal that we’ve overlooked. The 20 year old, made Chester’s youngest ever captain last season, will join our development squad on a three year deal.
Several sources, including the BBC have been speculating that Craig Shakespeare is about to add to his coaching staff, offering his old position of assistant manager to his former West Brom colleague Appleton.
Leicester have been strongly linked with the goalkeeper as a possible replacement should Zieler leave, but Hull have a released a statement asserting that they’ve received no offers yet.
The club seem pretty insistent it would be Zieler leaving, not Schmeichel.
There’s been speculation that the Foxes, along with West Ham, are interested, but no genuine news of bids. Odds can fall for a lot of reasons, and did so for a yet to happen Sigurdsson to Leicester transfer a few weeks ago.
In their article covering the Appleton story, the Telegraph claim that the Foxes will be making a second bid for West Bromwich Albion defender Jonny Evans, after a £10m bid was turned down last week.
It seems we’re creating some midlands rivalry this summer and also that the club are serious about adding another expensive defender. Worth noting that this article is almost entirely speculation.
This one’s in French, but as far as I can tell, Mendy’s old club is interested in bringing him back on loan, while Leicester are only interested in a permanent sale.
A number of Premier League teams, including Leicester, are tracking the progress of 20 year old Che Adams, who impressed for Birmingham in the Championship last year similarly to Demarai Gray the year before his move.
The striker is Ahmed Musa. Musa would prefer to stay in England and the Baggies are thought to be interested, but it remains to be seen whether anyone will be willing to pay our asking price. (Quick warning: the Birmingham Mail site made me watch a 50 Shades Darker trailer to read that story, so don't feel obliged to click the link).
Hard to ever say which of these really mean anything; even if rumours are right the deal might not get done after all. I think what we can take away is that the most likely players to be leaving are those who joined last summer and the club are still looking to add players, primarily in defence and up front.
Talk about Ben Gibson and Gylfi Sigurdsson appear to have gone away for now. For Gibson in particular the likes of Tottenham Hotspur are now being linked, so we may be out of the running or priced out, whereas little seems to have changed with the Icelander, so there may just be nothing new to report.