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After the heavy defeat against Liverpool (3-0), the Leicester club is in a very unfortunate position, currently scrutinizing 19th place with a real risk of relegation. The Foxes will have to play their last two days against Newcastle then West Ham. Two meetings in the flavor of the small final for the players of Dean Smith who still hope to remain in the English elite. In the event that the worst scenario should happen, the sports management already has a plan well in mind for the summer transfer window. According to information from the English daily The SunLeicester have already ticked several names likely to leave the King Power Stadium in the coming months.
If the Foxes were to fall back in the Championship, a first since 2013-2014, chairman Khun Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, his right-hand man and brother Khun Apichet Srivaddhanaprabha and director of football Jon Rudkin could be brought to auction their best players in order to give air to the club’s finances and begin a new reconstruction project with the rise to the Premier League in sight. A sleight of hand which could offer an envelope of 200 million euros according to the first estimates. Many players are set to flee the East Midlands this summer, with a number of executives likely to continue their careers in the English top flight or overseas.
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In this workforce bleeding plan, the jewel that should attract covetousness is none other than James Maddison (26 years old). Probably the most valuable of them with a reported transfer value of €55m (as reported by Transfermarkt). Newcastle, Manchester United and Tottenham clubs have all been previously linked with the England international, who has 10 goals and 9 assists in 28 league games this season. Winger Harvey Barnes (25), author of 12 achievements, will probably join Maddison at Leicester airport to pack up this summer, the Magpies also being interested in a transfer valued at 32 million euros.
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Midfield duo Wilfred Ndidi (26) and Boubakary Soumare (24) are also likely to press for a move away from King Power. The pair is valued at 52 million euros thanks in particular to their experience in the Champions League, respectively gleaned under the jersey of Genk and Lille. The two full-backs Ricardo Pereira (29) and Timothy Castagne (27) represent a package weighing almost 40 million euros, which could maintain a substantial price due to the duration of their contract which respectively runs until in 2026 and 2025.
Nevertheless, despite the desire to bring big money to Filbert Way, the Foxes will bite their fingers on two main issues. Belgian midfielder Youri Tielemans (26) will logically not stay in the English antechamber. But with his contract expiring next month, Leicester will lose the chance to cash in on the midfielder who is believed to be worth €30m. Same observation for the central defender Caglar Söyüncü (26 years old). A loss of revenue seems inevitable for Leicester management. The €15m-rated Turk is also out of contract this summer with rumors suggesting he is set to join Atlético de Madrid on a free transfer. In conclusion, things are going to move on the side of the 2016 champions!