According to a report from Leicestershire Live, Leicester City are actively considering a move for Manchester City defender Callum Doyle. The Foxes have shown interest in acquiring the services of the teenage centre-back as manager Maresca focuses on rebuilding the squad for the upcoming season. This comes as Leicester prepares for a campaign in English football’s second tier for the first time in nearly ten years.
According to the report, Leicester are keen on securing a permanent deal for Doyle and is interested in bringing the versatile defender to the King Power Stadium. Doyle’s value is estimated to be in the range of £7 million to £10 million.
Doyle Has Yet To Make His Debut For Manchester City
The 19-year-old, who emerged from Manchester City‘s youth academy, had the opportunity to work with new Leicester City manager Enzo Maresca during the 2020/21 season. However, he has yet to make an appearance for Pep Guardiola’s first team.
Doyle had a fruitful loan stint at Sunderland in the 2021/22 season, contributing to their promotion from League One. Following that, he embarked on another loan spell with Coventry City in the Championship, where he made 46 appearances and played a crucial role in their journey to the play-off finals.
Should Manchester City Boss Pep Guardiola Sanction His Exit?
Doyle’s loan spells at Sunderland and Coventry City have showcased his abilities and potential. At Sunderland, he played a significant role in their promotion from League One, while at Coventry City, he accumulated valuable experience in the Championship. The 19-year-old defender demonstrated maturity beyond his years, displaying composure, defensive prowess, and an understanding of the game.
With the academy youngster yet to make an appearance for Manchester City’s first team, Guardiola faces a crucial decision regarding his future. On the one hand, Doyle’s potential suggests he could become a valuable asset in City’s defensive line in the long term. On the contrary, Guardiola must consider the need for immediate defensive reinforcements and the benefits of continuing Doyle’s development through regular playing time.
While sanctioning his exit permanently would help with regular play time, and the Sky Blues could command a substantial transfer fee from the deal. Alternatively, sending him out on loan would give him time to gain more experience before being integrated into the first team at Etihad Stadium.
The manager’s experience handling young talents suggests he carefully weighs the options, considering the defensive depth and the player’s potential impact in the upcoming season before making a decision.