Transfer rumours proliferate, particularly at this time of the year. Some are undoubtedly works of fiction – witness the regular, but entirely unfounded, speculation linking Youri Tielemans with Arsenal. Others are based on authoritative sources. Distinguishing the wheat from the chaff is a difficult task. Here we offer a considered verdict on the most recent rumours linking Leicester City players with moves away together with a rating (out of 10) on the chances of a player leaving the King Power outfit in this transfer window.
Extremely likely Leicester City exits
The Belgium international has been the Fox most strongly linked with a move away. Juventus was mentioned as one possible destination although Fulham seems more likely. It is reported that Marco Silva, the Fulham boss, regards Castagne as a priority signing.
It may well be significant that Kasey McAteer was chosen ahead of Castagne for the start of the Championship season, and he didn’t even make the weakened team for the Burton clash. Castagne is, I would say, certain to leave before the end of August.
The Leicester keeper has been linked with a move to Palace as a replacement for the Spaniard Vicente Guaita. Roy Hodgson has indicated that Guaita is disillusioned at Palace having lost his place towards the end of last season to Sam Johnstone. He has even refused to play in pre-season friendlies.
It is clear that, despite claiming the number one jersey from Danny Ward at the end of last season, Iversen does not figure in Enzo Maresca’s plans. He wasn’t even on the bench for Saturday’s opener against Coventry and was an unused substitute against Burton in the League Cup. Brendan Rodgers was reluctant to play the Danish keeper because of doubts about the quality of his distribution and having a keeper who is good with the ball at his feet is even more essential for Maresca’s style of play.
Iversens’s shot-stopping, though, is good enough to attract teams who are not so reliant on playing from the back. A reported £5m price tag might deter some clubs from bidding but that figure is not onerous to Premier League outfits such as Palace. He is extremely unlikely to be still at Leicester on September 1st.
No clubs have seemingly come in yet for the welsh stopper but there are still a few weeks to go in the transfer window.
Ward’s reputation took a big hit following his ill-fated promotion to first choice Foxes keeper after Kasper Schmeichel’s departure. He is now essentially fourth choice at Leicester and is extremely likely to want a move away. As an international, he is an attractive proposition for a lower-league club.