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Leicester City have been extremely quiet in the transfer market for the past couple of years but then 2019/20 rolled in and everything changed as records finally started to break. Ayoze Perez was the first one to assume the throne for himself when he was officially presented in July 2019 as a new £30m signing from Newcastle United, beating Islam Slimani’s £27.4m fee.
But it wasn’t long until the record would get broken once again. Just days after Perez, the Foxes announced the signing of Youri Tielemans from Monaco that would set the current record with a total fee of £40.5m.
Of course, Leicester can also boast with a couple of really lucrative sales throughout the years and the most recent one is still the biggest as well. Harry Maguire’s £78.3m switch to Manchester United in 2019/20 was not only Leicester’s biggest departure but it also broke the world record as he became the most expensive defender on the planet.
Apart from Maguire, the Foxes also cashed in on Riyad Mahrez, sending him packing to Manchester City for a fee of £61m, which was their record before Harry came along.
Just by talking about their record-breaking transfers, it’s already quite clear that Leicester just might be more famous for their outgoing deals than the incoming ones. Of course, the likes of N’Golo Kante, who arrived from Caen for £8.1m in 2015, or Maguire’s arrival from Hull City for £12.3m in 2017, are still quite significant but both ended up being sold a couple of years after.
And it made sense to sell them at the time since the offers were quite irresistible and the players wanted the switch anyway. The same could be said for the likes of Mahrez or Danny Drinkwater as well.
But we can’t end without mentioning Jamie Vardy who was a major factor in their incredible title-winning run in 2015/16 and having joined the Foxes when they were only a Championship side and spearheading them towards promotion, the striker is undoubtedly one of their greats.
A similar thing could be said for Kasper Schmeichel and Wes Morgan, both of whom were key figures in their success. And this is without factoring in the older players from the years gone by, such as Emile Heskey, Muzzy Izzet, Gordon Banks or Steve Walsh.