Leicester City is on the verge of imploding.
Seven years ago, Leicester wrote a ‘myth’. Two seasons after being promoted to the English Premier League (EPL), they completed a fairytale title run. They were crowned champions with 23 wins, 12 draws, and three losses (81 points), finishing 10 points clear of “second-place” Arsenal. Jamie Vardy, N’Golo Kante, Riyad Mahrez, Danny Drinkwater, and many other stars.
Since then, they’ve remained competitive. In 2019-20, they finished fifth in the league, threatening the top teams, and in 2020-21, they finished fifth again, with dreams of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League (UCL). Last season, they were more of the same, finishing 8th in the league.
However, relegation was inevitable this season. The team stumbled from the start of the season and never recovered. They fought hard to stay up until the end of the season and recorded a 2-1 win over West Ham United in the final round, but were unable to overturn their position as their ‘rivals’ Everton took the three points.
Seven years after that win. Leicester have been relegated to the second tier, and it’s going to cost them dearly. By dropping to the second tier, Leicester will have significantly less income next season.
As a result, they will have to sell players to make up the difference. According to the Daily Mail, a number of players are expected to leave Leicester in the summer transfer window.
James Maddison is a prime example.스포츠토토 Although he only has one year left on his contract, he has expressed his desire for a move on several occasions and is expected to leave the club in the summer. Already linked with Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United and Aston Villa, Leicester are likely to be the first to offload Maddison to free up funds.
Harvey Barnes is also a likely departure. According to the Daily Mail, “Leicester are looking to clear the £80 million ($131.2 million) bill from relegation by selling and Barnes has emerged as a prime candidate.” Barnes, who has scored 13 goals in the league this season, has just two years left on his contract at Leicester and has attracted interest from a number of clubs, including West Ham.
He’s not the only one. Yuri Tillemans has also been linked with a move away from the club, while Charlie Sowinski has been linked with a move to Atletico Madrid in the summer. Jonny Evans, Daniel Amartey, Ryan Butland, Papi Mendy and Ayoze Perez are also nearing contract expiry, while Wilfried Ndidi is also thought to be up for sale.