Leicester City will “demand a lot” from a potential Harry Maguire replacement, manager Brendan Rodgers has said.
City have drawn up a list of centre-back targets in preparation for Maguire’s likely departure to Manchester United, the England international set for a move to Old Trafford after the clubs agreed a fee in the region of £80 million.
Once Maguire’s transfer is complete, with the 26-year-old still to agree personal terms and undergo a medical at United, City will then press ahead with their plans and could begin pursuing targets before the weekend is over.
With such a high-quality player leaving the club, Rodgers has said that Maguire’s replacement would need to have a number of strings to their bow.
Asked what type of centre-back he would be keen to sign, Rodgers said: “A good one, that would be preferable.
“It’s one where if you lose someone of that quality, first and foremost they’ve got to be a good defender.
“It’s go to be someone can come in and fit in to our style of football. We demand a lot of the players.
“They’ve got to be able to defend, they’ve got to be able to press the game, they’ve got to be good at attacking the ball, but then they’ve also got to be good in possession, so there’s a number of facets from a player to come in if we need to look at another one.”
City have under a week to bring in a replacement with the transfer window closing at 5pm on Thursday, August 8.
But Rodgers is not concerned that the clock is ticking.
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“I’m not too worried,” he said. “I’m quite relaxed.
“Until Harry’s deal goes through, then we have work to do.
“It’s something that has been going on behind the scenes for a period of time, you’ve always got to prepare for this scenario.
“We’ve got a lot of talented players and the club are great in terms of looking forward and looking at those targets.
“If it is the case, we will look to activate a number of our options if we feel we need to bring someone in.”
City have been linked with a number of centre-backs this summer, including Brighton’s Lewis Dunk, Burnley’s James Tarkowski and Getafe’s Djene Dakonam.
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