Sport Leicester boss keen to recruit

20:15  19 may  2017
20:15  19 may  2017 Source:

Arsenal and Tottenham keen on want-away Mahrez

  Arsenal and Tottenham keen on want-away Mahrez Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez is looking set to leave the club this summer as he hopes for them to honour an agreement which allows him to leave at the end of the 2016/17 season, and North London duo Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are interested. According to a report from the Telegraph, former Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri requested that the Algerian international remained at the King Power Stadium for one more season before moving on and with Mahrez having agreed to that, he now wants to seek pastures new. Without a doubt, the tricky winger would come at a heavy cost. The report claims that the Foxes value their key man at at least £30 million which is a fee that both Arsenal and Spurs would be able to pay, but it’s a matter of who would be willing to. The 26-year-old is open to remaining in the English game despite links with a move abroad, so Arsenal may fancy their chances at signing Mahrez.

Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare says he had to criticise his players for the first time since taking charge after their 6-1 loss to Tottenham. Shakespeare, who met with head of recruitment Eduardo Macia and director of football Jon Rudkin last week, is keen to move on from the drubbing and admits

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Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare has admitted the Foxes face an important summer of recruitment after his squad's strength in depth was exposed by Tottenham on Thursday.

The 6-1 defeat by Spurs at the King Power Stadium came on a night the Foxes were without injured regulars Wes Morgan, Robert Huth and Danny Drinkwater.

Shakespeare, who met with head of recruitment Eduardo Macia and director of football Jon Rudkin last week, is keen to move on from the drubbing and admits improving the quality and depth of his squad over the summer is crucial.

"We'd like to think that we're better than last night's showing, most definitely. Hopefully, it was a one-off," Shakespeare, who expects to resolve his future next week, said ahead of his side's final match of the season at home to Bournemouth.

'Gentleman's agreement' with PSG target Mahrez is news to Leicester boss Shakespeare

  'Gentleman's agreement' with PSG target Mahrez is news to Leicester boss Shakespeare Speculation that the Algeria international, who has also been linked with Barcelona, will be allowed to leave this summer has been played downCraig Shakespeare insists he is unaware of any gentleman's agreement with Riyad Mahrez over a potential Leicester City exit.

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"But Tottenham are a good side, they've recruited really, really well, they've spent heavily in the transfer market. You could see the depth of their side.

"When they've got the injuries they had and the players they could bring in, you understand how the recruitment side of it can have a massive effect.

"There's not enough strength in our squad. We've come into injuries and we've managed to get through the games before that.

"Recruitment is a massive area in any football club. We have to get that right. But we've been unfortunate with injuries and when you miss all the players that we did last night, I think it took its toll."

While ability is important, Shakespeare insists any new signings must also have the right personality to fit in with the ethos of the existing Leicester squad.

"We look at the whole person. They have to have ability and attributes specific to their positions, but also the personality and mentality has to be right," added Shakespeare.

"We know enough people within football to be able to make checks on that sort of thing and get opinions. You can make checks on players with just a few phone calls."

Liverpool set to meet Demarai Gray's release clause .
Liverpool are set to meet the £12million release clause for Leicester City winger Demarai Gray, according to a report from Tom Hopkinson of The Mirror. Hopkinson reports that Liverpool have been interested in the 20-year-old winger for some time and that they’ll meet the release clause when the summer transfer window opens. Gray is apparently keen to leave the King Power Stadium as he seeks regular first-team football, although h would be far from guaranteed that at Anfield, such is the quality that Liverpool have in their squad. The winger is also a reported target for both Everton and Tottenham and a move to the former would make a bit moe sense if it is regular football that he is after. If he is sold for £12million, Leicester will make around £8.5million in profit having paid just £3.5million to sign him from Birmingham City.


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