Leicester City’s title victory is now a story in the distant past. They are now a club who need to start competing for a place in Europe regularly and they came close to doing so under Claude Puel last season. However, they will be determined to make sure they finish in the top-6 spots next season and the manager is desperate to add some quality to his first team this summer, to help them compete with the best next season.
However, the Foxes have already lost their talisman Riyad Mahrez this summer and are in trouble of losing a couple of their first team stars, before the start of the new season. One such player, who is now wanted by a host of clubs in the country is Harry Maguire.
After an impressive outing in the World Cup, the 25-year old has become a household name and reports suggest that Manchester United are desperate for his services. They are reportedly hoping to land him in a £65m deal, which will give the Foxes enough money to find replacements. But who should Puel spend on to replace Maguire? Here are three defenders that Leicester City can target if Maguire quit the club this summer:
Kurt Zouma (Chelsea):
The 23-year old has been with the Blues since 2014 but is yet to cement his place in the first team. He spent the last season out on loan at Stoke City and was one of the most consistent players for the side, even as they dropped to the Championship. He is now left out of the pre-season squad in Australia, albeit with reports suggesting that he has a minor injury issue. Maurizio Sarri could be open to selling him and Leicester could even sign him on a permanent deal. He definitely has the potential to be a star at the King Power.
Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough):
A transfer target for Leicester City even last summer, Gibson has been on their radar even this summer and this might be the perfect time for them to make a move. Boro will not be happy to let him leave but if the right offer is made, he could be tempted to move to the Premier League and will be an able replacement for Maguire next season.
Alfie Mawson (Swansea City):
The Swansea City star is one of the most impressive players in his role in England at the moment and has been extensively linked with a move back to the Premier League this summer, after being relegated at the Liberty Stadium last season. He is valued at £40m and even at that price, is a decent acquisition for the Foxes.