Leicester City’s transfer plans have been dealt a big blow ahead of the upcoming window as Borussia Monchengladbach name their price for Jonas Hofmann.
What’s the story?
The German outfit’s sporting director Max Eberl has been discussing the much sought-after 28-year-old and revealed that a summer exit is on the cards, but only at €40m (£34.5m) or more.
“We certainly don’t want to sell Jonas. But if at some point a club is offering 40 million euros for Jonas, we can’t say we’re not interested.”
Rodgers will be gutted
Previous reports have claimed that Hofmann would be available for around £14m over the coming months, so to hear that his actual price tag is around £20m more than previously expected will surely leave Brendan Rodgers feeling gutted.
It’s believed that the former Liverpool and Celtic boss wants to strengthen out wide to add cover for Harvey Barnes ahead of next season. A serious knee injury cut the England international’s campaign short in 2020/21, and the lack of natural replacements saw Ricardo Pereira and Ayoze Perez playing out of position in the final weeks of the season.
However, with two years left to run on his contract, an abundance of potential suitors, and Gladbach in no desperate need to sell, it appears that Hofman will only be departing the Bundesliga side for a premium price.
The Germany international was one of the club’s standout performers in the 2020/21 campaign, bagging eight goals and providing an impressive 13 assists in all competitions, but it’s not the first time he’s caught the eye.
“He’s been one of our outstanding players, one of the winners of the season. He’s been playing brilliantly,” said former Gladbach coach Dieter Hecking back in 2019
Continental giants such as Chelsea, Atletico Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur are also credited with an interest in Hofmann, further reducing the Foxes’ chances of securing the 28-year-old.
If Rodgers wants his Leicester side to finally break into the Premier League’s top four next term, then it looks like he may have to do so without one of his main transfer targets.