According to the printed version of The Mirror [p.67 12/01/2020], as reported by HITC, Leicester are targeting Luke Shaw as a possible replacement for Ben Chilwell, should he make a move away.
Chilwell has been the topic of much transfer speculation over recent months amid an improvement that has led him to become a regular in the England squad.
The Mirror report suggests that Tottenham, Manchester City and Chelsea are all interested in the left-back – with the latter two reportedly prepared to make an offer of £60m.
Whether that is enough for Leicester to sell remains to be seen, as the Harry Maguire transfer shows they drive a hard bargain, but if he does go then it is Shaw who they eye as the man to replace him.
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Leicester have demonstrated an ability to overcome the loss of key players – like Maguire – but selling big assets to a rival would signal a backwards move and set a dangerous precedent that they are prepared to let certain individuals leave.
Instead, they should do all they can to hang onto Chilwell and back Brendan Rodgers, who has done a brilliant job to guide the Foxes into the Champions League qualification places so far.
The worry for the Leicester boss is that he only has Christian Fuchs to call upon in place of the 23-year-old, but Shaw would not be a suitable replacement for Chilwell.
At Manchester United this season he has only been fit to start eight league games – a familiar story of his career at Old Trafford.
To make matters worse, he hasn’t exactly set the world alight when he has played, either, managing just 0.6 key passes and 0.5 dribbles per league game, with just 0.7 interceptions on average also.
That means he isn’t a very dependable figure in terms of his fitness and in what he can add to a team which thrives, in part, because of its attacking full-backs.
Having been signed for £27m and still aged 24 the Red Devils could demand a hefty fee for the left-back, too, and with all of these factors under consideration, it is a move Leicester should be wary of.
In other transfer news, Leicester could boost their Champions League qualification chances by signing two players from European clubs.