Leicester transfer news: Rodgers prepares summer clear-out but Jonny Evans escapes cull

Leicester City's Jonny Evans celebrates with Caglar Soyuncu and Luke Thomas

Leicester are reportedly gearing up for a rebuild this summer with a clear-out seemingly in the works, Jonny Evans, is however, set to stay. 

The Foxes have had somewhat of an uninspiring season over the last year. The club missed out on European football which feels like a fall from grace in comparison to their 2021/22 campaign. During which they won the FA Cup and finished in fifth position.

This lacklustre season has sparked Brendan Rodgers’ interest in sanctioning a clear-out of at least five first-team members.

Although, one player is looking likely to extend his stay at the King Power Stadium, Jonny Evans.

This is according to a report from the Daily Mail, who report that the 34-year-old will be offered an extension on his current deal until 2024.

The report claims Evans is ‘highly valued’ by Rodgers. This does, however, mean that the Foxes are willing to listen to offers on other regular starters such as Jannik Vestergaard and Boubakary Soumare.

This is despite the pair just being brought in last summer for a combined total of around £40 million.

Vestergaard and Soumare have only started a combined 18 games this season. The latter was brought in as a supposed long-term Youri Tielemans replacement.

The report states that Rodgers is keen on ‘a healthy shake-up’ within his Leicester squad during the upcoming transfer window.

Why Leicester want to keep Jonny Evans

Although Evans is in the twilight years of his career, he has outperformed Vestergaard and Caglar Soyuncu when called upon.

The 34-year-old is a veteran within the Foxes’ squad and provides a sense of leadership to an otherwise youthful defence.

The report later goes to say that Soyuncu along with Ayoze Perez and Hamza Choudhury will also allowed to leave the club. This is only if suitable bids are recieved. The report also states that Leicester would likely take a loss if either of the three were sold.

Evans isn’t likely to expect as much game time as Soyuncu, though, he possesses a similar amount of quality. This makes him a valuable asset to Leicester as they look to better their eighth-placed finish next season.

Rodgers’ summer plans are also outlined within the report. To try meet their goals, the Foxes will be looking to add a centre-back, a dynamic central midfielder and a right-sided attacker to their ranks.

Leicester’s need for a central midfielder comes after star man, Tielemans, is set to leave the club for a mere fee of around £25 million.