According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Leicester and Southampton are both in the race to sign Celtic’s Tom Rogic this summer.
The 26-year-old could cost a record fee for an Australian player, according to the report. That means that the Foxes may have to delve into their pockets to fork out around A$18 million to A$37 million (£9.6m-£20m).
Rogic missed much of the early parts of 2019 with a knee injury but has now returned to the fold after over two months out. The Australian international has a modest goalscoring record in the SPFL this season, and has the ability to play in midfield and on the flank.
Leicester already possess promising options in central areas and out wide so with that in mind, Football FanCast writers have given their verdicts on whether he’d be a good signing for the Foxes. Here’s what they’ve had to say.
“The fact is, we don’t really know. It is one thing to absolutely thrive in the SPFL, it is quite another to make the leap to the Premier League. But Brendan Rodgers clearly trusts him having worked with him, and that should give Leicester fans some hope. If the price is right, it could be an astute signing, as it would take some of the pressure away from their current creative hub, James Maddison.”
“He’s quite well-rounded and has a hammer of a left foot but Rodgers must look at what Armstrong has done at Southampton this season after a similarly impressive term last year. I would say that, if Rodgers is looking to relieve the pressure on Maddison to make things happen, he should go all out for Tielemans instead. The Belgian has been hugely impressive during his loan spell and has plenty of room to grow.”
“I think he would be, but only for the right price. Leicester already have James Maddison and Harvey Barnes in their ranks and must make Youri Tielemans a priority signing this summer. Anything over £10m should be a no-go for Rogic, no matter how well Brendan Rodgers knows the player. He is someone that won’t help them get back into Europe next term, and would surely only play a bit-part role. In addition, his signing would only prove detrimental to Barnes and his development.”