Brendan Rodgers has stated that Leicester would not trade Wesley Fofana to Chelsea and has dismissed Newcastle’s alleged bid for James Maddison.
Leicester City are the only Premier League club without a new signing with less than a week till the season begins.
With the King Power Stadium’s finances thought to be limited, a number of key players look to be of interest to rival clubs.
Chelsea are allegedly considering signing centre-back Fofana after losing Antonio Rudiger to Real Madrid and Andreas Christensen to Barcelona, as well as missing out on top targets Matthijs de Ligt to Bayern Munich and Jules Kounde to Barcelona.
According to reports, Leicester would only consider selling one of Fofana or Maddison, and Rodgers has ruled out the idea of losing his top defender.
“Naturally, he’s a tremendous talent,” Rodgers remarked after Liverpool’s 1-0 friendly win against Sevilla on Sunday. “He isn’t for sale.”
“He still has a lot of work to do.” He’s extremely happy here, and he enjoys his time here.
“Of course, he’ll pique the interest of other clubs.” Our job, in not signing anyone so far, is to keep the guys we already have. I know that’s the club’s objective.”
Rodgers was less certain about Maddison’s future, claiming that the £40 million cost Newcastle were reportedly willing to pay fell far short of the midfielder’s worth.
Newcastle have also been linked with Maddison’s teammates Youri Tielemans and Harvey Barnes, and they were linked with Rodgers last season before selecting Eddie Howe.
Rodgers stated of Maddison, “He’s still very much a player here.” “The players are naturally sought after since they are talented.
“You look at his performance and how happy he is, and he’s not a player we want to trade.”
“It’s not for me to value the players, it’s not my team, but [£40m] might just cover three-quarters of his left leg.” He’s a great player.”
Captain Kasper Schmeichel, who has held negotiations with Nice, is another player who could move Leicester.
The Ligue 1 club’s coach, Lucien Favre, stated over the weekend that a potential transfer was “a real lead” but “not yet done.”
“There’s been a little amount of curiosity throughout the summer,” Rodgers continued.
“Kasper has earned the right to consider the next chapter of his career and where it will take him.” When there’s something tangible, we’ll sit down and talk about it before proceeding.”