TRANSFER: who is in and who is out Leicester City - FCNaija

EPL By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 16/01/2018

It's that time of year that Leicester City fans traditionally dread in the January transfer window which usually just about every established club is linked with a move to one of our big names and 2018 is no different.

So far Riyad Mahrez has been linked with a move to Anfield and Harry Maguire's value has nearly trebled courtesy of Manchester City shown interest in the England international with most of the rumors are usually wide of the mark, but conceivably quite a few players could leave King Power Stadium this month.

And there are those constant Mahrez rumors, which look likely to keep going until 12.01am on February 1st and it's also manager Claude Puel's first transfer window as Leicester City boss, more than two months after he joined.

While some players are lacking playing time are been tipped to leave with Super Eagles duo Ahmed Musa, Kelechi Iheanacho, Islam Slimani, Leonardo Ulloa and Daniel Amartey, as a result, he's going to want to make some changes to the squad with French coach already made one signing this January young Malian striker Fousseni Diabate from French Ligue 2 side Gazelec Ajaccio and it's unlikely to be the last.

The dethroned Premier League champions have been losing their star players since the dramatic triumph of the 2015-16 season which Claudio Ranieri was in charge of the Foxes that period. 

N'Golo Kante was sold to Chelsea for £32 million on a five-year contract with the West London club and he went on to win the Premier League title with the Blues which make him become the first player since Eric Cantona in 1993 to win backā€‘to-back top-flight titles in England with two different clubs.

The former Leicester midfielder Kante was named in the PFA Team of the Year for the second consecutive season and also named the PFA Player of the Year and the Premier League Player of the Season.

The main focus of the transfer window was always going to be on Riyad Mahrez, especially after a summer in which he announced he wanted to leave and

Foxes coach Puel insists Mahrez is happy at Leicester and will keep trying to convince him to stay.

Mahrez was linked with Liverpool, following the Reds’ sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, but the Merseyside club were quick to make clear they were not interested.with speculation will continue throughout January, and will grow even more if Alexis Sanchez leaves Arsenal.

Mahrez revealed that he held talks with the Gunners in the summer, but they made no bid Leicester City are still in a strong position when it comes to Algeria international who has two-and-a-half years left on his contract, which has no release clause with 26-year-old winger almost joined Italian outfit Roma before the beginning of the season with the Foxes could not agree on deal with Gillarosi.

If a club does want to buy him they will likely need to stump up more than the summer value of £50m, following the £75m sale of Virgil van Dijk and £142m deal for Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona.

Danny Drinkwater forces his move to the Premier League Champions Chelsea with Adrien Silva transfer Deadline Day in August, but his registration documents arrived with FIFA 14 seconds after the cut-off.

Nigeria international Musa tipped to leave this month with Turkish side Bursaspor and Premier League struggler West Brom has shown interest in the former Kano Pillar man with his looks to fight for his World Cup spot in Gernot Rohr squad.

Iheanacho has struggled to make much of an impact since his £25m move from Man City this summer, with fans seeing little of the player who, at one time, boasted the best goals-to-minute ration of anyone in Premier League history.

There had been reports that Leicester City were prepared to offload the Nigeria international, but the 21 years old and City believes the striker still has plenty of potentials, even if he is yet to show his best in a Leicester shirt.

Amartey has also been named as one of Aston Villa’s top loan targets, alongside Ulloa.

The current injury to Danny Simpson has left Amartey as City’s first-choice right-back and, while Leicester are understood to be looking to sign a right-back, it is unlikely Puel would be willing to weaken his options further in an already threadbare position.

While Ulloa only signed a new contract in the summer but could still head out on a loan that is unlikely to happen until late in the window, though, when the future of Islam Slimani becomes clearer.

The future of Slimani remains unclear and Leicester City boss Claude Puel has admitted that he has too many strikers in his squad and is likely to have to sell one Slimani looks to be one of the most likely.

The Algeria international has struggled to force his way into Puel’s plans, although did produce a strong performance in the New Year’s Day victory over Huddersfield.

Besiktas have been strongly linked, especially after the Turkish club sold star striker Cenk Tosun to Everton and Leicester are understood to be open to offers for their record signing, but would want to recoup as much of the £30m they paid to Sporting Lisbon as possible.