Manchester City ‘want to open talks’ on deal to bring Leicester City defender Caglar Soyuncu to the Etihad

26 Sep

Leicester City have already lost one defender to a Manchester club and they could be at risk of losing another.

Harry Maguire joined Manchester United in the summer for £80million, a world record fee for a defender.

Caglar Soyuncu has impressed with Leicester this season
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The Foxes chose not to reinvest that money in another centre back as they were confident that they had enough strength to cope.

Caglar Soyuncu has been one of their standout players this season and they have so far not missed Maguire in their defence.

His performances have caught the eye of the blue half of Manchester who are in need of defensive cover.

Turkish publication Fotospor claim City officials are looking to open talks with Soyuncu’s representatives about a possible deal.

If any deal is likely to be completed then it will be next summer rather than in the January transfer window.

City have only one senior central defender fit with Fernandinho used alongside Nicolas Otamendi for the last two games.

Aymeric Laporte and John Stones are both currently out injured while Vincent Kompany was never replaced in the summer.

City were rumoured to be interested in Soyuncu before Leicester signed him from Freiburg in 2018.

The 23-year-old played just eight times last season for the club but has already made five appearances this campaign.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery chose not to sign Leicester star Caglar Soyuncu in 2018 summer transfer window because of Calum Chambers

23 Sep

Caglar Soyuncu was reportedly a transfer target for Arsenal last summer.

While still a Frieburg player, the 23-year-old even openly admitted his desire to move to north London.

Caglar Soyuncu has been a rock at the back so far this season for Leicester
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He said: “I hope I go to Arsenal.

“I really want to play in the Premier League, but everything depends on the team.”

Soyuncu ended up joining Leicester in a £19million deal from Freiburg ahead of the 2018/19 campaign after Arsenal boss Unai Emery decided against signing him.

Football.London claim Emery felt he did not need another centre-half after Calum Chambers had impressed him in training.

However, Chambers was shipped out on loan to Fulham, who were relegated in their first season back in the Premier League.

Manchester City, who are short on centre-backs following a serious knee injury to Aymeric Laporte, were also believed to be interested in Soyuncu.

Calum Chambers has not started a league game for Arsenal since the opening day of the season
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Now, Arsenal could regret not bringing Soyuncu in after his solid start to the new season.

The 23-year-old has played every minute of Leicester’s Premier League campaign so far, with Brendan Rodgers’ side sitting in third place.

Despite starting just four top-flight games last season, Soyuncu has seamlessly filled the void left by Harry Maguire, who became the world’s most expensive defender after joining Manchester United for £80million earlier this summer.

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Last week, Rodgers singled out Soyuncu for special praise.

He said: “It’s only when you work closely with him when you appreciate his qualities.

“For a modern-day centre-half, he’s what you’d want.

“He firstly wants to defend, he’s aggressive in the air, he wants to defend forward, physically he’s got good strength, he’s quick and covers the ground well and he can play.”

Leicester legend Gary Lineker also appears to be a big fan of Soyuncu.

After the Foxes’ 2-1 win over Tottenham on Saturday, Lineker tweeted: “Seems clear now why @LCFC didn’t bother reinvesting the @HarryMaguire93 fee for another central defender.

“They knew how good Soyuncu is. Deserves the dots above his name.”

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After selling Harry Maguire to Manchester United in the summer, an awful lot of pressure is on the shoulders of Caglar Soyuncu.

The Turkish defender, who arrived at Leicester in August 2018, has seen a lot more first team action since Maguire completed his £80million move to Old Trafford.

Soyuncu is becoming a fan favourite at Leicester
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But the only one not feeling the pressure of being the England international’s replacement is Soyuncu himself.

In fact, the 23-year-old’s only mistake this season came during their 1-0 defeat at Manchester United when he gave away the penalty – soft in Brendan Rodgers’ eyes – which was ultimately the winning goal.

But the Foxes boss was full of praise for Soyuncu ahead of their match at home to Tottenham on Saturday.

“It’s only when you work closely with him when you appreciate his qualities,” he said.

“For a modern-day centre-half, he’s what you’d want. He firstly wants to defend, he’s aggressive in the air, he wants to defend forward, physically he’s got good strength, he’s quick and covers the ground well and he can play.

Soyuncu was even compared to Germany international Mats Hummels by talkSPORT’s European football expert Andy Brassell.

And Soyuncu didn’t disappoint for Spurs’ visit as he helped his side come from behind to beat Mauricio Pochettino’s men.

Harry Kane gave the visitors the lead but goals from Ricardo Pereira and James Maddison gave Leicester the three points.

However, Soyuncu was the standout performer and was given talkSPORT’s man-of-the-match award.

Soyuncu celebrates the win with Leicester team-mate Ben Chilwell
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And Stuart Pearce, who was alongside Sam Matterface and Reshmin Chowdhury at the King Power Stadium, heaped huge praise on Soyuncu.

Pearce said: “My man of the match is Soyuncu. I thought he was wonderful today, he had a really solid game at the heart of Leicester’s back line against a very good Tottenham strike force.

“I was going to pick Maddison for his goal, but I think it’s a game in which Soyuncu stood out.”

It wasn’t just Pearce who reserved praise for the defender, with former Leicester striker Gary Lineker and Jamie Carragher also having their say.

Lineker tweeted: “Seems clear now why @LCFC didn’t bother reinvesting the @HarryMaguire93 fee for another central defender.

“They knew how good Soyuncu is. Deserves the dots above his name.”

Meanwhile, ex-Liverpool defender Carragher tweeted: “Love watching Soyuncu for Leicester.”

Harry Maguire hoping for move to Manchester United as Leicester are on the verge of finalising deals for TWO centre-backs – reports

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Harry Maguire is reportedly still hoping he can finalise his move to Manchester United before the summer transfer window deadline tomorrow.

However, according to Sky sources, United’s move for Jerome Boateng is also in the pipeline as the Foxes turned down an offer of £60million for Maguire.

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And it seems the 2015/16 Premier League champions could be preparing for life without Maguire, with reports emerging that Leicester are on the verge of signing two centre-backs.

Croatia Under-21 international Filip Benkovic had a medical on Monday ahead of a £13.5m move from Dinamo Zagreb.

The Foxes are also close to striking a deal worth £22.5m including add-ons for Freiburg’s Turkish defender Caglar Soyuncu.

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Soyuncu, 22, was linked with a move to Arsenal earlier this summer but the Gunners were put off by the German club’s £35m valuation.

However, Leicester would like to keep Maguire even if they can get both deals wrapped up.

They have Wes Morgan, Yohan Benalouane and Jonny Evans, who arrived at the King Power Stadium this summer.