Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Who could be the 3 stars set to replace Ben Chilwell at Leicester?

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With it finally announced on Wednesday evening that Ben Chilwell has secured his move to Stamford Bridge in a deal worth in excess of £50million, Leicester’s hunt for a replacement is well underway.

Coming through the Foxes’ academy and cementing his spot as England’s number one choice at left-back, Brendan Rodgers’ side are expected to be involved in this summer’s transfer window as they prepare for life back in the Europa League.

With it also announced on Wednesday that Jamie Vardy has extended his stay at the King Power until 2023, who are the three full-backs who could replace Chilwell at Leicester?

Nicolas Tagliafico – Ajax

Rumoured to have been on Chelsea’s radar if they could not secure Chilwell’s signature this summer, it appears that Leicester have identified the highly-touted Nicolas Tagliafico as their top target over the coming months.

Proving to be yet another gem to come out of the Johan Cruijff Arena, the 27-year-old has seen his reputation skyrocket since he moved from Independiente in his homeland for a fee of just £4million.

While the Argentinian ace might have two years left on his deal with Ajax, The Daily Mail are reporting that Tagliafico does have his sights set on making the move to England before the window slams shut on October 5th.

With Ajax already allowing Hakim Ziyech to leave Amsterdam for Stamford Bridge this summer, it is believed that the Dutch giants would be willing to allow Tagliafico to secure his own Premier League switch if the price is right.

Although Rodgers might have identified the 25-cap international as his number one target, it is believed that Barcelona, Napoli and Atletico Madrid are all in the race to get his signature.

Joe Bryan – Fulham

The real hero at an empty Wembley as his stunning free-kick helped Fulham land a 2-1 win over West London rivals Brentford in the play-off final earlier in the month, it appears that Joe Bryan has caught Rodgers’ eye.

Making 43 second-tier appearances under Scott Parker at Craven Cottage last season, the 26-year-old has continued to impress since making a £6million move from Bristol City back in 2018 and is renowned for his attacking qualities.

Although many expected Bryan to be Parker’s number one choice left-back as he was for the Cottagers in the Championship last year, The Sun are reporting that the Premier League returners could find an offer in the £15million mark too much to resist.

Leicester might have also been handed a real boost in their pursuit of Bryan with it announced last week that Fulham has snapped up USA starlet Antonee Robinson in a cut-price deal from Wigan.

With Foxes starlet Luke Thomas signing a new long-term deal at the King Power earlier in the week, Rodgers could be looking to go for a cheap option in Bryan and elect to spend their cash elsewhere.

Robin Gosens – Atalanta

Playing what was a crucial role in a stunning campaign both domestically and in Europe this season for Atalanta, it is no surprise to many across Serie A that Robin Gosens is attracting interest from across the continent.

Helping La Dea reach the quarter-finals of this year’s Champions League, the 26-year-old joined Gian Piero Gasperini’s side for just £800,000 in a deal from Dutch outfit Heracles Almelo back in 2017.

With his remarkable campaign at the Gewiss Stadium being highlighted by a first call-up to Joachim Low’s Germany squad, Gosens has a reputation from across Europe for his stunning attacking influence and would undoubtedly been an exciting addition to Leicester.

Featuring 34 times in Serie A over last year’s interrupted campaign, Gosens recorded an outstanding nine goals and provided a further eight assists from his left-wing-back position.

Although The Sun might be reporting that the Foxes have been monitoring Gosens over the past year, they are rumoured to face stiff competition from Juventus, Inter Milan and Hertha Berlin this summer.


Tom Dunstan

Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan



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