BRENDAN RODGERS will not be held to ransom over Harry Maguire’s replacement.
Manchester United are set to swell the Leicester boss’ transfer kitty by a cool £85million to sign the England defender.
Rodgers is itching to do business once Maguire leaves, with Brighton’s Lewis Dunk, James Tarkowski of Burnley and Watford’s Christian Kabasele on the Foxes’ shortlist.
But after hailing Maguire’s record transfer for a defender as “an incredible piece of business”, Rodgers is not about to have a gun put to his head.
Asked if he feared having to pay a premium now selling clubs know he has a windfall, Rodgers responded: “Its part and parcel of the game.
“If Harry goes for a world-record fee, then it’s because someone has met our valuation.
“Similarly, we have our own valuation on players we might look to bring in.
“It’s something we have been preparing for. The club and the recruitment team are very, very good.
If we can do some more business, then great. If not, then we will go with what we’ve got.
“If Harry does go, we have a number of options we will look at.
“If we can do some more business, then great. If not, then we will go with what we’ve got.”
“We will see over the course of the next 48 hours if we need to activate any of our options.”
Rodgers feels he will need another experienced defender to partner first-choice Jonny Evans.
Title-winning captain Wes Morgan is now 35 while Turkish ace Caglar Soyuncu has made only six first-team appearances and Croatian kid Filip Benkovic has yet to play in the top flight.
On Maguire’s replacement, Rodgers added: “It’s got to be someone who can come in and fit into our style of football.
“We demand a lot from the players. They’ve got to be able to defend, they’ve got to be able to press, they’ve got to be good at attacking the ball.
“But they’ve also got to be good in possession, too.”