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Liverpool’s Fabinho ‘denied’ trip to Leicester.

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With Fabinho out, it seems safe to assume captain Jordan Henderson will retain a spot in the back line, but who will join him is another matter.

Liverpool may hand a debut to one of their deadline day signings in Saturday’s trip to Leicester as Jurgen Klopp confirmed Fabinho will miss the trip with a ‘little muscle issue.’

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Fabinho’s versatility has made him a key player for the Reds this season, frequently covering at centre back in the midst of the unprecedented injury crisis that has ruled Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and now Joel Matip out for the season.

But the Brazilian has had problems of his own, having missed five league games this season due to minor injuries.

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He returned from a three-game absence to start against Man City at Anfield, but is set to miss out the trip to the King Power as Klopp confirmed in his press conference he has sustained another minor knock.

Fabinho has a minor injury | James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images

It is unclear if it is related to the problem that saw him sit out clashes with Spurs, West Ham and Brighton, but in any case it leaves the manager with a big decision to make at the back.

With Fabinho out, it seems safe to assume captain Jordan Henderson will retain a spot in the back line, but who will join him is another matter.

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Ozan Kabak would seem the favourite, as he made the squad for the first time against City, but it could equally be fellow new arrival Ben Davies.

He would bring some symmetry to the back line, as Liverpool don’t have another naturally left-sided centre back.

Nat Phillips is also available should Klopp look to play it safe, while Rhys Williams will also be vying to earn his way back into the team, having fallen down the pecking order as a result of the new arrivals.

Meanwhile, Klopp also confirmed the game will come too soon for Naby Keita or Diogo Jota.

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Fans have been anticipating the latter’s return to the team given the impact he made before his injury in December, but it will be another two to three weeks before he gets the chance to add to his nine Liverpool goals.

Keita could return sooner but is still believed to be a week or two away from match fitness.

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Leicester ‘left with a choice’s after Leeds defeat.

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The second also had his fingerprints all over it with Youri Tielemans gobbling up the rebound from his diving header.

Back in November, Leicester City put in one of their best performances of the season, thrashing Leeds United 4-1 at Elland Road.

The return fixture on Sunday was an altogether different affair, with Marcelo Bielsa’s side enacting their revenge with a deserved 3-1 victory.

So, what was the difference between the two encounters? Three words: Jamie Richard Vardy.

Planning for life without one of the club’s greatest ever players has been the spectre at the feast for some time for Leicester.

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Their contrasting fortunes against Leeds this season, with and without him in the side, saw the issue rear its ugly head again on Sunday.

In November’s contest, Vardy was directly involved in three of his side’s four goals. For Harvey Barnes’ opener he showed trademark composure to round Illan Meslier, before squaring it for his teammate to roll home.

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A hat-trick of goal contributions was then completed when he finished nicely after an unorthodox but brilliant pass from Cengiz Under.

This talismanic display was typical of Vardy over the past three seasons. During this time he has managed 52 goals and plenty more assists besides, as well as playing a key role in instigating his team’s press.

Despite some optimistic takes and an encouraging if slightly blunt attacking display against Everton, the impact of his absence was as significant as might be expected at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.

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What made Leicester so effective against Leeds back in the autumn was Vardy’s ability to exploit the vast swathes of space left by Marcelo Bielsa’s charges, and on several occasions during Sunday’s game the Foxes’ counterattacks were screaming for some similarly intelligent runs in behind. However, Ayoze Perez, who has been drafted in to replace him in the last two games, is not naturally inclined to do this.

Instead with false nine Perez leading the line, the Foxes got plenty of Vardy-esque enthusiasm in the press but positionally, the players could not be more different. Instead of stretching things by sitting on the shoulder of the last defender, the Spaniard dropped off. This would have been fine if either Barnes and Marc Albrighton compensated by surging behind the Leeds back line. Unfortunately, none of them did, with both more comfortable running at defences with the ball at their feet.

James Maddison’s recent, increased appetite for goal also waned somewhat against the Whites, with his late surges into the box not coming anywhere near frequently enough.

The defeat to Leeds’ was the only the tenth Premier League game that Vardy has missed over the past three seasons. During this period, Leicester have won on just three occasions with two of those coming against poor West Ham and Newcastle teams last campaign. Damningly, without Vardy, Leicester have failed to beat newly-promoted Norwich, Fulham and now Leeds in the last two terms.

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Of course, his absence was not the sole reason for them floundering against the Whites. The loss should more likely be viewed as yet another reminder of just how tough life after Vardy could be for Leicester.

It also again suggested that Leicester’s current stand-ins are not of the necessary quality to replace him. This summer is going to be an important one for Leicester. Finding Vardy’s successor – or at least a capable understudy – seems like a task that cannot be put off any longer.

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Leicester’s Vardy becomes ‘Oldest player to win EPL Golden boot’

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Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has become the Premier League’s oldest Golden Boot winner at the age of 33 after finishing the 2019-20 season with 23 goals.

Drogba previously the Premier League’s oldest top scorer


He overtakes Didier Drogba, who netted 29 goals for Chelsea in 2009-10 at the age of 32, as the oldest recipient of the award.

England forward Vardy, 33, became the oldest player to win the award for the league’s top scorer after netting 23 goals, one more than Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Southampton’s Danny Ings.

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Final score: Tottenham 3-0 Leicester

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Game is over and the final score is Tottenham 3-0 Leicester. Here is the match report.

2019/2020 Premier League
3-0
Justin (6′ OG)
Kane (37′)
Kane (40′)


Match Events


0′ The match is about to start!

6′ OWN GOAL! Tottenham 1-0 Leicester (Justin)

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20′ NICE TRY! Vardy’s backheel shot denied

30′ CLOSE! Son’s shot denied by Schmeichel

37′ GOAL! Tottenham 2-0 Leicester (Kane)

40′ GOAL! Tottenham 3-0 Leicester (Kane)

68′ Sanchez goes down in the box but ref says no penalty!

81′ OFFSIDE! Kane’s goal disallowed

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Line-ups


Tottenham XI: Lloris, Sissoko, Alderweireld, Son, Lucas, Aurier, Kane, Ben Davies, Winks, Sanchez, Lo Celso

Subs: Vertonghen, Lamela, Gazzaniga, Bergwijn, Tanganga, Sessegnon, Foyth, Skipp, Gedson Fernandes

Leicester XI: Schmeichel, Evans, Morgan, Bennett, Vardy, Ayoze Perez, Tielemans, Ndidi, Justin, Barnes, L. Thomas

Subs: Matty James, Nampalys Mendy, Praet, Ward, Gray, Iheanacho, Choudhury, G. Hirst, D. Johnson.

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Final score: Leicester 1-1 Arsenal

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It seemed rather fanciful, during lockdown, when Arsenal’s directors offered a bonus for Champions League qualification in return for wage cuts. And, sadly, no Arsenal player should be leafing through Ferrari catalogues just yet.

The reason could be found here, in a game Arsenal should have won, but contrived to give away in the final 20 minutes. They were leading, not exactly cruising, but certainly on top when Mikel Arteta made a double substitution. Three minutes later, Arsenal were down to 10 men; 10 minutes after that Leicester were level.

It’s a myth that it is often harder to play against 10 men. It isn’t. Losing a man is a curse. But it doesn’t have to be a goal conceded, either. There are plenty of teams that, reduced, can regroup in two defensive banks, congest the key areas and hold out. Arsenal, however, are not one of those teams. Not with this defence at least. So Leicester pressed and because they are a good team with a wonderful goalscorer as spearhead, they found a way through.

Demarai Gray – on as a second-half substitute the moment Arsenal went down to 10, a smart, offensive move from manager Brendan Rodgers – whipped in a low cross, Ayoze Perez stretched for it but couldn’t get there. Jamie Vardy, however, could.

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He prodded the ball home at the far post as Shkodran Mustafi failed to cover his run. VAR had a good look at it – was Perez off, did he touch the ball, did Vardy time his run right – but Stuart Atwell was eventually satisfied.

It was a big point for Leicester, given they had surrendered third place to Chelsea earlier. This was not enough to retake it, but it at least keeps their noses in front of Manchester United, who will stay fifth even if they win at Aston Villa on Thursday.

As for Arsenal, the big pay-out is slightly closer than it looked several months ago, but they probably have too much to do – even if the Court of Arbitration uphold Manchester City’s European ban and Champions League qualification goes down to fifth.

This was a genuine chance to reel in ailing Leicester and they blew it. Indeed, for long spells the most likely outcome – three points for Arsenal – showed the differing directions of these teams. Arsenal were in the ascendency, Leicester fighting an increasingly desperate battle to hold on to what they had before football went into mothballs.

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It was not to be. Arsenal could not secure what would have been their fourth consecutive clean sheet in the league and a scoreline that used to be celebrated in these parts will always be a tall order without a defensive upgrade. Yes, that Arsenal played with 10 men for the last 16 minutes plus eight of additional time, was not the fault of the back line. But the dismal late cameo of substitute Eddie Nketiah did not necessarily have to change the game.

He is young and will learn, but it was a harsh lesson. Introduced for Bukayo Saka after 71 minutes, Nketiah was shown a red card after 75, with most of the interim period spent deliberating over whether he should be on the field at all.

The ball ran loose in the centre of the pitch and Nketiah went after it – and Leicester defender James Justin. He was high, he was late and his studs were up, it was a red card all day long.

Referee Kavanagh, however, brandished only yellow; at which point VAR Atwell rightly intervened. It was a sensible interruption, too, clearly advising Kavanagh to consult the pitchside monitor to see if he wished to alter his initial call. Kavanagh trotted across, saw what the rest of the stadium had already witnessed on their little screens, and immediately arrived at the correct decision. Nketiah was gone, without protest. He probably didn’t even get a touch of the ball.

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It will have been a hugely frustrating evening for Arteta, undermining the fillip of a very creditable win at Wolves last weekend.

Leicester had the best of the first 15 minutes, and scrapped well to get back into the game after half-time, but Arsenal were on top longer. The All Blacks famously had a ‘no d***heads’ policy and, undoubtedly, Arsenal have been better since Arteta implemented one of his own.

The highest paid player at the club; a young midfielder who appeared to have overplayed his hand early during Project Restart, Arteta has dispensed with them both, and benefited. Obviously, it helps to have Norwich in any run of fixtures right now, but some of the places Arsenal have won of late – Wolverhampton, Sheffield, Southampton – have been tricky for even the best teams this season.

After a slow start, they dominated Leicester for long periods, took a deserved lead and could have had several more goals with better finishing. They looked like a team capable of being shaped by Arteta, if funds are provided for improvements in key areas.

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Kasper Schmeichel had an outstanding game, but was entirely powerless as Arsenal went ahead. The excellent Saka was the architect here. He has been a revelation this season and left the normally reliable Caglar Soyuncu on his backside, as he sped towards goal.

The cross was simplicity, as was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s finish, a tap in with Leicester’s defensive line stretched to breaking point, his 20th league goal of the season. Arsenal had a spell running riot from that point.

Saka, Lacazette and Hector Bellerin all drew excellent saves from Schmeichel, and in the 39th minute Lacazette should really have done more with a diving header from close range, instead delivering it neatly into the arms of the Leicester goalkeeper.

As for Leicester, their best chance came after 12 minutes when a ball cut back by Marc Albrighton fell to Kelechi Iheanacho. His shot was low and fierce but was kept out by stand-in Emiliano Martinez’s feet and his brilliant reactions.

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After half-time a close range shot from Justin struck David Luiz, producing a hearty shout for handball and a penalty, but referee Kavanagh was having none of it. He was right, too. Replays showed it had struck the defender flush in the face.

Ultimately, then, this was a momentum result for Leicester after their win over Crystal Palace at the weekend. A point at Arsenal is never to be sniffed at, even Arsenal in transition. Leicester last won away in these parts in 1973 – they didn’t even get a point here the year they won the league – so this was a reasonable result in a bogey fixture.

Arteta claimed Vardy could have got a red card, too, for a tussle in which his boot struck Mustafi’s face, but it looked entirely accidental to these eyes. Arsenal cost Arsenal; nobody else.

To relive the minute-by-minute action, scroll down to read Sportsmail’s live coverage of the match.

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Game is over and the final score is Leicester 0-1 Chelsea. Here is the match report.

2019/2020 FA Cup
0-1
Barkley (63′)


Match Events

0′ Players condole for coronavirus victims

0′ Players go down on their knees to support Black Lives Matter movement

14′ CLOSE! Ndidi’s header saved by Caballero

20′ CLOSE! Tielemans’ long shot denied by Caballero

30′ Schmeichel makes decent save to stop Pulisic

44′ NICE TRY! Vardy’s shot inches wide

63′ GOAL! Leicester 0-1 Chelsea (Barkley)

85′ CLOSE! Soyuncu misses a good chance

89′ CHANCE! Barkley’s shot denied by Schmeichel

92′ MISS! Ndidi’s long shot wide out

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Line-ups


Leicester XI: Schmeichel, Evans, Praet, Vardy, Ayoze Perez, Tielemans, Ndidi, Soyuncu, Chilwell, Justin, Barnes

Subs: Fuchs, Morgan, Bennett, Albrighton, Nampalys Mendy, Ward, Gray, Iheanacho, Choudhury

Chelsea XI: Willian, Caballero, Zouma, Emerson, Rudiger, Kante, Abraham, Mount, Pulisic, Reece James, Gilmour

Subs: Azpilicueta, Giroud, Pedro, Alonso, Barkley, Kovacic, Jorginho, Kepa, Loftus-Cheek.

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Thieves who raided Leicester’s Gray jailed for 85 yrs

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Gang of machete-wielding burglars who raided the luxury mansion of Premier League star Demarai Gray while his girlfriend and their baby were in bed have been jailed for a total of 85 years.

The Leicester City midfielder’s partner Emma Hickman, 22, was naked and looking after their six-week-old boy when the thugs burst in to the property last March.

Robbers made off with £24,000 in cash and jewellery after also threatening to harm Ms Hickman’s mother when they learned she was on the way, a court was told.

The former England Under-21 player was not at home at the time but his girlfriend was left ‘absolutely petrified’ and later moved out of the property in Barnt Green, Worcestershire.

She told jurors: ‘I was asleep when someone came into my bedroom.

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‘I had no idea until I saw the man with the knife. I had no clothes on and I remained underneath the sheets.

‘They told me not to move and they said, ‘Where’s the money and the jewellery’. I let them know the money was in left-side drawer.

‘They all had weapons on them.

‘One of them had an orange machete, it was like a sword.’

The raid was part of a six-month crime spree by Aaron Jones, 29, Tyler Greenway, 20, Nicholas Rothero, 35, Cory Rothero, 19, and 41-year-old Darren Sadler.

Today, the gang were jailed for a combined 85 years at Birmingham Crown Court following a string of raids across the West Midlands.

Jones and Greenway, both from Northfield, Birmingham, were both found guilty of conspiracy to rob following a trial.

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Jones was also convicted of conspiracy to possess a firearm and was jailed for 27 years while Greenway was caged for 15 years.

Nicholas Rothero, of Longbridge, Birmingham, and his son Cory, previously admitted conspiracy to rob, steal, burgle, and conspiracy to possess a firearm.

Nicholas was jailed for 24 years while Cory, of Northfield, was sentenced to 15 years in a young offender’s institution.

Sadler, of Bartley Green, Birmingham, had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rob and was caged for four years.

The court was told previously how the ruthless gang targeted the footballer’s home deliberately because they believed there would be ‘rich pickings.’

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They trapped Miss Hickman in her bedroom before swiping a Rolex watch and the keys to Gray’s Mercedes, which was not there as he was at training.

CCTV footage captured the balaclava-clad thugs pacing past a framed football shirt in the hallway of the gated property.

Ms Hickman said in a court statement: ‘They made a comment that my boyfriend was ‘a gangbanger’ and asked what time he was back.

‘My Rolex was on the side and they took it. They said my partner could buy me another one. I was absolutely petrified.

‘They did say they wouldn’t hurt me but they made threats against my mum, because I said she was on her way. They said, ‘She’ll get hurt, won’t she?’

Michael Duck QC, prosecuting, said during the trial: ‘They were looking for money.

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‘Plainly they knew it was Demarai Gray’s premises. Plainly they had done some research.’

Jurors were told Jones’ phone showed he had searched for ‘Demarai Gray Leicester City’ some time before the raid.

A text sent by a gang member insisted: ‘Defo cash there’.

The violent armed gang also targeted homes and businesses during their six-month crimewave up to April last year.

The court heard they used machetes, hammers and a serrated Rambo knife to threaten victims and on one occasion bizarrely took another girl’s teeth.

At a raid of a cottage in Clent, Worcs., two envelopes intended for the ‘Tooth Fairy’ containing the homeowner’s daughter’s milk teeth were stolen.

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Mr Duck said: ‘The defendants are a group of organised criminals. Between October 2018 and April 2019 they committed a series of armed robberies and burglaries at commercial and residential premises.’

He said they used ‘serious violence’ which escalated over time.

They went to significant lengths to disguise themselves and chose vulnerable targets such as small stores which had a limited amount of staff, Mr Duck said.

They arrived in stolen cars which were used to ‘get away at the fastest speed possible’.

Mr Duck said: ‘They arrived mob-handed, conspicuously armed with knives, making a lot of noise and terrifying those they encountered.’

They raided safes and cashpoints.

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The first shop targeted was a One Stop in Bristol Road North, Northfield, on October 18. They made off with £7,800 after wielding a hammer, knife and crow bar and workers to the back of the premises.

The gang also netted around £11,000 after terrorising two employees at the Barnt Green Inn pub and snatched £60,000-worth of mobiles from a phone shop where staff were threatened.

Saddler was arrested following a struggle with police after a raid on a Carphone Warehouse.

But that did not deter the close knit team, who attacked a Tesco Express in Northfield armed themselves with weapons including a gun.

Referring to the attack on Gray’s home, Judge Richard Bond said: ‘This property was deliberately targeted by you because of who lived there.

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‘Jones made inquiries on the internet about the person.

‘You believed there would be rich pickings at the property. You were targeting high-value goods.

‘Miss Hickman could not have been more vulnerable in her own home.

‘She bravely gave evidence and it is difficult to forget the obvious terror she felt when confronted by three masked men in her bedroom.

‘She was traumatised by what happened and has moved out of the house.’

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Does he fits in at Leicester ? Lallana’s free transfer talks


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Does he fits in at Leicester ? Lallana’s free transfer talks


Adam Lallana has been urged to link up with Leicester when his Liverpool contract expires, with Dean Hammond of the opinion that a “special” partnership can be struck up with James Maddison.

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The 32-year-old England international is due to become a free agent when the 2019-20 campaign comes to a close.

Lallana has spent six seasons at Anfield, taking in 178 appearances, but has suffered injury issues and slipped down the pecking order.

A door is about to open to a new challenge, with the former Southampton man in a position to pick and choose his next destination.

He should have plenty of options to consider, with it possible that former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will look to put a reunion in place at the King Power Stadium.

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Hammond would like to see that move made as Lallana could thrive for the Foxes alongside fellow Three Lions star Maddison – providing he is kept from the clutches of Manchester United and Co.

“Personally, I could see Adam Lallana fitting into any team. He is one hell of a player,” ex-Foxes midfielder Hammond, who was a team-mate of Lallana at Southampton, told the Leicester Mercury.

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“He’s one of the best, if not the best I have played with. Both footed, technically brilliant.

“Do Leicester need him? Obviously, that’s another question because you’ve got James Maddison; Harvey Barnes can play in that position. Would he benefit the Leicester team? Would he improve it? Yes, probably.

“He’s a really good player. I could imagine, if you could get him and Maddison both into the team playing together it would be pretty special.

“He would be a great signing, whether he comes or not I don’t know, I haven’t asked him.”

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Various landing spots have been mooted for Lallana, including Arsenal, while it has also been suggested that he may yet to commit to fresh terms at Anfield.

That appears unlikely, with Jurgen Klopp preparing to dip back into the transfer market for further creativity and goal threat, but anything is possible as English football waits on the resumption of competitive action amid the coronavirus pandemic.


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Barcelona Settle on Philippe Coutinho Asking Price Amid Interest From Leicester City & Chelsea


Barcelona will demand at least €90m before they agree to sell Philippe Coutinho at the end of the season, while they’ve also come up with a contingency plan if the Brazil international is loaned out once again in 2020/21.

Coutinho has spent this season on loan with Bayern Munich, where despite impressing in patches, the 27-year-old hasn’t done enough to convince the club over a permanent move – largely as it would mean missing out on one of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz or Leroy Sané.


The former Liverpool star does have suitors back in the Premier League, but Sport claims any interested clubs would have to meet Barcelona’s €90m asking price before a deal is able to get off the ground.

Philippe Coutinho
The Blaugrana have set that price as it’s the only way they can avoid making a loss on Coutinho.


Barça also have a plan for clubs who want to take Coutinho on loan. Although they’re against including any ‘option to buy’, the club will sanction a deal that includes a mandatory €60m purchase option in 2021.

As part of any loan deal, Barcelona would look for over €10m as a flat fee, as well as forcing Coutinho’s new side to take on the entirety of his wages.


Given his performances this season, there’s unlikely to be any mad rush to sign Coutinho from Barcelona, but Premier League sides Leicester City and Chelsea have both been mentioned as possible destinations for the Brazil international.

Brendan Rodgers worked with Coutinho at Liverpool and is confident that the midfielder would fit perfectly into his system at the King Power Stadium.


There are, however, obvious concerns over how the club could finance the deal. Even if one of their first-team stars was sold to help afford Coutinho’s fee, Leicester City would struggle to match the midfielder’s wages.

Philippe Coutinho,Brendan Rodgers
Just like with Leicester City, Chelsea’s best route to sign Coutinho would initially be on loan, but the Brazilian is unlikely to be a high-priority target for Frank Lampard given the plethora of young talent already at Stamford Bridge, as well as the imminent arrival of Ajax talisman Hakim Ziyech.


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COVID-19: Unnamed Leceister players in self-isolation – Rodgers reveals


Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that ‘a few’ un-named players are in self-isolation after showing symptoms of coronavirus.

The virus has already been classed as pandemic, with three major European leagues (LaLiga, Serie A and Ligue 1) either cancelling fixtures or playing behind closed doors since March 1.


Manchester City v Arsenal was also postponed on Wednesday after Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis – who came into contact with Arsenal players – confirmed he was positively tested for Covid-19.

“We’ve had a few players that have shown symptoms and signs (of coronavirus),” Rodgers told reporters on Thursday.


“We’ve followed procedures and (as a precaution) they have been kept away from the squad.”

Unfortunately for Leicester, there was more bad news with defender Ricardo Pereira now ruled out for the rest of the season.

The 26-year-old suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in the 4-0 win over Aston Villa on Monday, and is likely to miss at least four months of action.

Pereira will miss this summer’s European Championship should it go ahead.


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How Iheanacho Feels After Punch From Ederson


Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted that he replaced Kelechi Iheanacho in the Foxes 1-0 loss to the Manchester City on Saturday because he felt “groggy” after he suffered a reckless challenge from the Citizens goalkeeper Ederson.

Iheanacho was wiped out by Ederson five minutes before half-time in the defeat and despite appeals for a penalty calls only a corner was given.

The 23-year-old returned to the pitch after treatment, but he was substituted at the break on the advice of the club medical staff.


“It was the reason he (Iheanacho) had to come off,” Rodgers told Leicester Mercury.

“I haven’t seen it again, I haven’t seen a replay of it, but the guys are telling me he got caught on the throat.

“It was a lovely ball by James (Maddison) and he’s getting there.

“Iheanacho felt a bit groggy at half-time, and I always listen to the medical staff on that. They felt it would be hard for him to continue at the level, so Harvey (Barnes) came on and gave us that penetration.”


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leicester keen on signing Hakan Çalhanoğlu from ac milan


Leicester City have not given up hope of securing a deal for Milan midfielder Hakan Çalhanoğlu, with Brendan Rodgers’ side ‘closely following’ his situation in Italy.

The Foxes had been heavily linked with a move for the Turkey international during the January transfer window, but they were unable to reach an agreement with the Rossoneri for his sale.


Nevertheless, there’s a strong probability Çalhanoğlu will leave in the summer, by which point he’ll have a year left on his contract at San Siro.

Hakan Calhanoglu
Çalhanoğlu is said to be against the idea of joining an English team, though that hasn’t curbed Leicester’s interest, with CalcioMercato claiming they continue to ‘follow him closely’.


It’s understood Milan placed a €20m price-tag on the playmaker’s head last month, as they look to start turning a profit after posting their biggest ever financial losses during the autumn.

The report also says the Foxes are ‘always’ chasing his services, suggesting this could become a strung out transfer saga.


Leicester appear to want Çalhanoğlu far more than he wants them. However, it’s clear he wants to jump ship as Milan’s struggles persist, with the Rossoneri currently in eighth place in Serie A following a turbulent campaign.

The Foxes will likely return with a bid once the season ends, given his asking price will gradually decrease between now and the summer if he doesn’t sign a new contract.


At that point, Leicester will have the task of convincing Çalhanoğlu a switch to the King Power Stadium is worthwhile – they may have the pull of Champions League football by then.

Leicester’s board are notoriously difficult to negotiate with, the club hierarchy refusing to submit to the demands of their counterparts, as demonstrated by Harry Maguire’s long and drawn-out move to Manchester United.

That makes it difficult to see contract talks going smoothly between Leicester and Çalhanoğlu, who isn’t short of options as several European clubs aim to win the race for his signature


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Ex England striker, Emile react to iheanacho’s goal against Aston villa


Former England striker, Emile Heskey, has described Leicester City star, Kelech Iheanacho’s goal as ‘really impressive’ after the 23-year-old scored in the Foxes’ Carabao Cup 1-1 draw against Aston Villa on Wednesday night at the King Power Stadium.

Iheanacho came on as a substitute in the second-half to score the equalizer for Brendan Rodgers’men after Freddy Guilbert had put Aston Villa ahead in the first-half.

Hesky believes Iheanacho’s touch and finish against Aston Villa was great.

“It was a great finish from Kelechi Iheanacho,” Heskey told Sky Sports.

“That’s what he is capable of doing. I was surprised that they didn’t bring him on at half-time to be honest.

“He just gives them something different and you could see that they were really struggling to make chances.

“His goal was really impressive, especially the first touch which opened it up and the finish was great. He is that box player.

“If you give him that chance or half chance in and around the box, he’ll take it.”

“He has been unlucky in that he is up against Jamie Vardy who is on fire, so he hasn’t played that much,” Heskey added.

“But when he has played and come on the field, he has had a massive impact.”


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Respect to Super eagles Wilfred Ndidi as EPL commended his efforts


The English Premier League (EPL), on Sunday honoured Super Eagles midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, as he celebrated his third year with Leicester City FC.

Ndidi joined Leicester on Jan. 5, 2017 from Belgian club Genk.


EPL on its verified Twitter handle @premierleague shared a video clip of some of the best moments of the Super Eagles player in action for Leicester.

The Premier League stated that Ndidi has been very impressive since he joined the EPL side three years ago.


Ndidi made his Belgian Pro League debut with Genk on 31 Jan. 2015 against Charleroi in a 1–0 away defeat.

He played the first 74 minutes of the game, before being substituted for Jarne Vrijsen.

Wilfred Ndidi


During the Belgian League play-off game against Club Brugge, Ndidi scored a long-range goal, which was named the goal of the season in the Belgian league.

He has been exceptional for Leicester since he joined the club three years ago.


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Leicester Aims AC Millan’s Hakan Calhanoglu


Leicester City Eye Shock January Swoop for AC Milan Midfielder Hakan calhanoglu.


Leicester with a potential move for Milan winger Hakan Calhanoglu, claiming the Foxes have asked for information about the 25-year-old.

The Turkish forward has played 16 games for Milan this season, scoring twice and getting one assist, but could be on his way out of Italy this January.


Leicester are keen on Calhanoglu, while still keeping an eye on fellow countryman Merih Demiral, but a return to the Bundesliga could also be on the cards for the former Bayer Leverkusen star.

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While readying a €50m swoop for Calhanoglu and Juventus defender Demiral.

Leicester have enjoyed an incredible Premier League campaign thus far, currently sitting second in the table ahead of current champions Manchester City, but one area they have lacked quality is in wide forward areas.


Despite the attacking presence of both full-backs, Harvey Barnes, Demarai Gray and £30m summer signing Ayoze Perez have all failed to consistently keep their place in the Leicester side. Calhanoglu would provide further competition for places, but Schira claims he would rather seal a move back to the German top-flight.

Hakan Calhanoglu

The Foxes have also been constantly linked with 21-year-old centre-back Demiral, who is seen by Rodgers as a long-term replacement for Jonny Evans. Compatriot and emerging talent Caglar Soyuncu could well play his part in a potential transfer.

However, despite links with the Premier League and Bundesliga, Calciomercato recently reported that Calhanoglu represents a “dream” transfer for Galatasaray. The Turkish outfit saw their €6m bid turned down by Milan, but it hasn’t ended all rumours linking him with a move to the Super Lig.


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Reds planning £80m summer transfer for leicester’s james madison.


Manchester United are reportedly planning to make a £80m move for James Maddison this summer.

The Leicester City midfielder – who signed for the Foxes for a fee of around £20m from Norwich at the beginning of last season – has been in good form this campaign.

Maddison has been at the heart of a Leicester side that have defied expectations and put together a strong bid for Champions League qualification.


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These fine performances have unsurprisingly seen him linked with a move away from the King Power Stadium and the Daily Star are claiming that United are ‘confident’ that 22-year-old can be lured to Old Trafford in the summer.

Despite their confident reporting, the Star offer little in the way of explanation as to why Maddison would want to give up a chance to play in the Champions League with Leicester for the uncertainty of a move to the Red Devils.

In fact, recently it was revealed that the attacking midfielder was close to signing a new deal with the Foxes. In November a source exclusively told 90min that “Leicester are very confident that James will be signing a new deal.”


“He loves playing with this group and he doesn’t see any reason to move at the moment and Leicester will put him on wages befitting of his form as one of the Premier League’s top midfielders.”

James Maddison
There is no release clause in Maddison’s contract currently and even with no new deal confirmed as yet, he still has three-and-a-half years left on his current package, meaning United would have to pay an exorbitant fee to secure his services.

The playmaker’s price is also inflated by the fact that he is an England international who is likely to be selected in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the Euros.


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Just in – Manchester city test Iheanacho, Ndidi.

Hard tackling Leicester city midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi and fellow country and club compatriot Kelechi Iheanacho would alongside their team mates host Premier League champions, Manchester city at the King power stadium on Saturday (today). Ndidi has had an impressive season so far with two goals in 16 appearances including putting up fantastic displays in the heart of Leicester’s midfield.Sitting in third position, Manchester city are trailing table toppers Liverpool with 14 points and tommorrow’s hosts Leicester with four points.

Striker, Kelechi Iheanacho would be hoping to add to his brillaint two goals in three games this season if he gets called into action by Brendan Rogers. Despite having little playing time, he has performed well with the moments he has gotten.

Pep Guardiola’s men would be hoping to breath life into their dying fight for the title while Leicester city would be aiming at keeping their unexpected flying start to the seasons

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Tottenham Hotspur planning to swap Pereira in January.

Tottenham have identified Leicester right-back Ricardo Pereira as a target for the upcoming January transfer window.

The Portuguese defender has been a consistent figure for the Foxes in the Premier League this season and is very much an integral part of Brendan Rodgers’ side.

According to Het Nieuwsblad via Sport Witness, Tottenham are pushing for the deal to go through and they have already expressed a heavy interest.

Spurs have a lack of quality in the right-back position, as Serge Aurier, Juan Foyth and Kyle Walker-Peters are the only players that fit the bill. However, since Walker-Peters’ three starts at the beginning of the season, he has struggled to dethrone his competitors and has not impressed new boss Jose Mourinho, while the Portuguese recently said that he does not see Foyth playing in the same type of role as Aurier.

With Walker-Peters frozen out, it would not be out of the question for him to move elsewhere, forcing Tottenham to dip into the market for a replacement.

The quality of Pereira, who has two goals and one assist this season, as well as eight clean sheets, would fit Tottenham’s style of play to a tee. He would be an incredible replacement for Walker-Peters or Aurier, as both players starting positions could become fragile.

Spurs were linked with a transfer for Pereira back in 2017, but opted to sign Ivorian international Aurier instead.

Leicester have already set their sights on a replacement should Pereira move on. Royal Antwerp’s Aurélio Buta is on Rodgers’ radar, per Sport Witness, and he could make a move given the form of the 22-year-old. However, this deal would only be considered should the Pereira deal fully go through.

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Buta plays a similar role to his compatriot, scoring once and assisting five so far this term. However, he only has five clean sheets to his name and would have to improve defensively to fit into a dynamic Leicester side, who are chasing European football.

Despite Pereira being indispensable to Leicester, Buta could prove to be an adequate replacement. They both play a similar game, and Buta has only just broken through with a lot to learn.

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Iheanacho made 100th appearance, hit milestone.

Nigeria international Kelechi Iheanacho made 100th appearances as he started for Leicester against Norwich but was pulled out by for Demarai Gray after just 39 minutes following a tactical move from Brendan Rodgers.

Iheanacho has made one EPL start this season, scoring two goals in two appearances.

He made 53 appearances scoring six goals for the Foxes since joined from Manchester City in 2017.

Before his arrival at the King Power Stadium, the 23-year-old scored 12 times in the Premier League in 46 appearances (12 starts) for the Citizens.

He made his EPL debut as an 18-year-old in a 2-0 home win over Watford with his first goal coming against Crystal Palace.

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Leicester wins as iheanacho scores with style. (Read the other side of the story)

Leicester City inflicted the cruellest of blows on beleaguered Everton manager Marco Silva as Kelechi Iheanacho’s stoppage-time winner – awarded by the video assistant referee – kept the Foxes on the heels of Premier League leaders Liverpool.

Silva appears to be managing Everton on a game-by-game basis after the club’s power-brokers met to discuss his future following the dismal home defeat by Norwich City – and it looked like he would claim a precious point here until just seconds before the end of a pulsating game.

Iheanacho placed a composed finish past Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford with the linesman’s flag raised for offside but after a lengthy wait, the goal was given amid wild celebrations from Leicester’s players and manager Brendan Rodgers as they kept Liverpool’s lead at eight points.

Everton deservedly led at half-time after Richarlison headed in powerfully from Djibril Sidibe’s cross, although Leicester had a penalty rightly ruled out by VAR after Ben Chilwell went down in a challenge with Mason Holgate.

Silva’s side were pulled back after 68 minutes when Jamie Vardy arrived unmarked at the back post to steer in Iheanacho’s effort as it flew across the face of goal.

Vardy missed a good chance to win it for Leicester but then came that dramatic finale – and now Silva must wait to see if he is in charge for Wednesday’s Merseyside derby at Anfield.

Can Silva survive?

Everton manager Silva was seconds away from a result that may just have offered him breathing space and respite from the sense he is one defeat away from dismissal.

Silva’s players had battled for their manager and put a shift in that was a sharp contrast to the capitulation against Norwich City at Goodison Park. If Everton had left King Power Stadium with a point, no-one would have begrudged them and he may have earned himself some wriggle room.

Instead it was more heartbreak and pressure for the 42-year-old Portuguese, who once again saw an Everton game heavily influenced by VAR, as it was when they lost controversially at Brighton after a penalty harshly awarded against Michael Keane saw a lead eventually turn to defeat.

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2-1: Kelechi Iheanacho Shines As Leicester Squash Everton In EPL.

Kelechi Iheanacho struck deep into stoppage time as Leicester beat Everton 2-1 to close the gap on Liverpool at the top of the Premier League to eight points.

Richarlison had given the visitors a shock lead at the King Power as Everton produced a performance that may do enough to save manager Marco Silva’s job ahead of the Merseyside derby on Wednesday.

But the introduction of Iheanacho just after the hour mark changed the game as the Nigerian set up Jamie Vardy to equalise and then dramatically scored the winner, which was initially ruled out for offside before a VAR review overturned the decision.

A sixth straight Premier League win sends Brendan Rodgers’s men three points clear of defending champions Manchester City in second.

Silva was reportedly on the verge of losing his job earlier in the week after a run of just two wins in 10 league games that has left the Toffees hovering just above the relegation zone.

The Portuguese responded with a change of formation and his switch to a 3-5-2 worked to perfection for the opening goal.

Djibril Sidibe broke upfield from right wing-back and his cross was bulleted home by Richarlison with a diving header.

Leicester had already seen two half-hearted appeals for a penalty waived away for challenges on Ayoze Perez by the time that referee Graham Scott did point to the spot for Mason Holgate’s apparent trip on Ben Chilwell.

However, a lengthy VAR review concluded no contact had been made and the Foxes were frustrated once more.

Leicester laboured in the search for an equaliser, but the introduction of Iheanacho as a substitute just after the hour mark provided the much-needed spark.

His first effort was too close to Jordan Pickford, but he got in behind the Everton defence again moments later and squared for Vardy for score his 13th goal of the season at the back post.

Vardy had been quiet for the first 68 minutes, but came alive in the final quarter.

James Maddison should have done better from his cross as his finish was straight at Pickford before Vardy rose highest in the box but just planted his header from Youri Tielemans’s cross too high.

Just as Leicester were turning the screw, Everton were inches away from retaking the lead in spectacular fashion as substitute Moise Kean nearly scored his first goal for the club with a curling effort that hit the side-netting.

Silva’s men appeared to have weathered the Leicester storm, but deep into added time Iheanacho collected Ricardo Pereira’s pass, turned inside and found the bottom corner.

A nervous wait ensued with the linesman’s flag raised, but a VAR check ruled the former Manchester City man onside for his first league goal since September 2018.

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