Ben Chilwell ready to reject Liverpool for Leicester City

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Leicester fans may be fretting about the prospect of losing Riyad Mahrez to Arsenal but one player almost certain to stay is promising left-back Ben Chilwell.

The 19-year-old barely played for the Foxes during their triumphant Premier League campaign but is still well known amongst the fans. His immense potential has seen him break into Gareth Southgate's England Under-21s where he remains one of the youngest in the squad.

Like Mahrez, Chilwell has attracted the interest of the Premier League's so-called elite clubs as well. Arsenal have been interested in the past while Liverpool appeared serious about signing him this summer.


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Jurgen Klopp has been on the lookout for a new left-back after Alberto Moreno failed to convince and Chilwell, being a homegrown player, would appear to be a good option. Liverpool have already seen a £7m offer rebuffed but were planning an improved bid.

However, according to the Daily Mail, the young defender is set to follow in the footsteps of Jamie Vardy and reject the advances of a bigger club to stay at the King Power Stadium. The report claims Chilwell is close to signing a new five-year deal which will end speculation over a move to Anfield.

Vardy, of course, could have cashed in on his sensational campaign by joining Arsenal earlier this summer. The 29-year-old scored 24 goals en route to winning the Premier League and the Gunners offered to make him a very rich man after meeting his £20m release clause.


But despite the £120,000-a-week deal on the table, Vardy decided to stay with Claudio Ranieri. Some reports have suggested that the England international did not want to start a mass exodus but his pure intentions could soon backfire.

N'Golo Kante has since departed for Chelsea while speculation over Mahrez is starting to gather pace. Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing the PFA Player of the Year with Leicester apparently setting a £40m price tag.

Considering the prices being paid in the current transfer window, the fee could be deemed fairly reasonable although we doubt Arsene Wenger sees it the same way.

Liverpool alternatives

The news will leave Klopp searching for alternatives. Moreno is clearly not fit for purpose but options appear to be few and far between. Joe Gomez impressed in that position under Brendan Rodgers but he must first recover from the serious knee injury he suffered in October.

Jetro Willems from PSV Eindhoven has been tentatively linked but comes with no experience in one of Europe's top five leagues.

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