Chelsea decision to impact Leicester City transfers as starlets bid to impress Brendan Rodgers

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Leicester City must wait for Chelsea to make a decision on the future of defender Levi Colwill before entering a transfer battle with a number of Premier League rivals over his signature.

City are keen to bring in a new center-back this summer as one of their transfer priorities, and it is understood that a left-sided player in the mold of Wesley Fofana is the club’s ideal profile. Colwill ticks those boxes.

The 19-year-old has just enjoyed an impressive loan campaign with Huddersfield in the Championship, helping them to the play-off final, where he unfortunately scored an own goal that sent Nottingham Forest up. Now, he is waiting to discover what his future holds at parent club Chelsea.

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Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has said Chelsea are yet to make their “final decision” on the teenager as their defense undergoes some work this summer. With Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen both leaving on free transfers to Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively, they are seeking two new players for their back-line.

They must then decide if they want to keep Colwill as another option, or sell him amid interest from Premier League clubs. Romano named City as one of four sides who had enquired, alongside Crystal Palace, Brighton, and new boys Forest. Read more here.

Youngsters given chance to impress Rodgers

With an incomplete first-team squad returning for pre-season, there were plenty of City youngsters filling out the group at Seagrave. Many of those were expected to be involved, including those who spent periods out on loan last season.

Manager Brendan Rodgers was particularly keen to take a closer look at George Hirst this summer after his good goalscoring form for Portsmouth. The big striker was there, alongside Callum Wright, Josh Eppiah, Khanya Leshabela, and Jakub Stolarczyk, who also spent time on loan last season. Wanya Marcal-Madivadua, who made his senior debut in the FA Cup win over Watford, was also spotted.

The list of younger pros did not end there, with attacking midfielder Thanawat Suengchitthawon and winger Tawanda Maswanhise, who both featured in pre-season matches last summer, joining in with the first team. Shane Flynn and Joe Wormleighton, full-backs with the development squad were involved as well as a handful of Under-18s including defender Tom Wilson-Brown and midfielder Brandon Cover. Have a look at five more things we spotted at pre-season training here.

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Eriksen reportedly considering City offer

Former Tottenham and Brentford midfielder Christian Eriksen is “mulling over” a contract offer from Leicester City. The 30-year-old has propositions on the table from a number of Premier League clubs after a successful spell at Brentford during the second half of last season. His performances were a pleasant surprise to many after his cardiac arrest suffered during last summer’s European Championship.

Eriksen will officially become a free agent in just three days’ time and, according to The Times, is considering offers from Leicester, Everton, Newcastle United and Brentford. They say the Dane is “in no rush” to make a decision on his future, with “ambition” and squad building among the factors he will consider.

So a show of ambition from Brendan Rodgers, perhaps in the form of domestic trophies and a return to top-four contention, could attract Eriksen. No transfers have yet been made by City in the summer market, though, so Eriksen has nothing to be impressed by as yet. That could soon change, with Rodgers eyeing ‘five or six’ new players. Read more here.

Rodgers’ promise over set-pieces

While fitness will be the focus early in pre-season training for Leicester City, it will not be long before Brendan Rodgers turns his attention to fulfilling his promise.

Members of the City squad were back at Seagrave on Monday to prepare for the new campaign, and one of the big priorities over the six weeks leading up to the first Premier League game is finding a solution to the set-piece frailty that was their undoing last term. In the Premier League, 20 of the 59 goals City conceded were from dead-ball situations, while a corner was the difference as they were knocked out in the semi-finals of the Europa Conference League.

Even a mediocre record at defending set-pieces would have seen City save themselves eight or nine goals, which would have pushed them up the table and allowed them to challenge Manchester United in sixth. Rodgers knows this, and has said it is his responsibility to find a fix this summer. He has guaranteed there will be improvements for the new season.

“My only promise is that we will be better for sure next year, once we’ve had the summer,” he said before City’s players broke up for their holidays. “We always looked to improve that and went into every game with the notion that we would, but with very limited time to work on it, it can be difficult. Certainly come the summer and going forward, if nearly half of our goals that we conceded are from corners, then it’s glaring where we need to improve for next season. “Click here for more from Rodgers.

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