Maguire replacement costs too high for Rodgers
Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed the club did not sign a replacement for Harry Maguire because of the costs involved.
The Foxes boss was linked with a host of centre-backs as he tried to replace the England defender but was quoted massive fees for any players that he was lining up.
England international Maguire moved to Manchester United on Monday for a world record fee for a defender of £80million as the Foxes played hard ball with United and held out for their top price.
Rodgers then found his club was not the only one playing a tough game as others held out for big money when he enquired about his targets, in the full knowledge of course that he was armed with £80m in his pocket.
The Foxes first went to the north west and made an offer around the £30million mark for Burnley’s James Tarkowski, but it was swiftly rejected by their boss Sean Dyche with the two clubs miles apart in their valuations.
The Clarets wanted well over £40million for a player who has also been part of the England set-up and they were certainly not about to let him go on the cheap.
Rodgers then turned his attentions to the south coast and Bournemouth’s impressive Nathan Ake but again there was no deal as Cherries boss Eddie Howe reportedly wanted £75million before he would consider selling the former Chelsea defender.
Rodgers knows he cannot complain too loudly that clubs are holding out for top prices for their players when Leicester did exactly the same with United, but it has left him short of cover at the back.
Maguire’s departure may yet come back to haunt the Foxes but former Celtic boss Rodgers admitted that prices were simply too high.
“Yes, as simple as that,” he said. “The club had every right to hold out for what their valuation was for Harry but then everything was going to be very difficult.”
“The club had every right to hold out for what their valuation was for Harry Maguire. It was always going to be difficult to get a replacement in with the little time we had, but nevertheless we are more than happy with what we currently have.” pic.twitter.com/KXcVrAhdXm
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Leicester knew they were going to sell Maguire so they prepared accordingly with the additions of Caglar Soyuncu and Filip Benkovic previously, but Rodgers would still have liked to have signed another defender.
Jonny Evans and Wes Morgan do provide plenty of experience for the Foxes though and Rodgers insists he is ultimately happy with the business that they have done before they start the new campaign against Wolves at home on Sunday.