Leicester are in “advanced” talks to tie down Harvey Barnes to a new contract in order to ward off interest from Liverpool and Manchester United, a report states.
Barnes is enjoying a prolific season with Leicester, for whom he has scored 13 goals in all competitions this season.
The winger has earned plenty of plaudits and some feel he could be in with a chance of making England’s squad for the delayed Euro 2020.
He does not just have admirers in the England setup, though. There has been speculation about a transfer at club level for Barnes.
According to the Daily Mirror, though, the 23-year-old is set to sign a new contract at the King Power Stadium.
The Mirror name Liverpool and Man Utd as two of the big clubs who have watched Barnes. However, the Leicester academy graduate is happy to stay put.
Barnes’ current contract runs until 2023. However, it “does not reflect his status at the club”, so is set to be improved.
By tying him down to a longer deal, Leicester would have a stronger negotiating position if other clubs were to come in for Barnes.
Leicester have seen several of their players move on to traditionally bigger clubs in recent years. However, they rarely let them go without a fight – and it seems they are making a big effort to keep Barnes.
The Burnley-born midfielder is closing in on his 100th appearance for Leicester. He has 21 goals and 15 assists for them in his career so far.
He previously performed well during loan spells with MK Dons, Barnsley and West Brom, but has since become one of Leicester’s most important players.
Barnes ‘could score every game’
Manager Brendan Rodgers has been impressed with Barnes’ rise, and emphasised just how much last week.
“Harvey I thought was incredible,” he said after Sunday’s win over Aston Villa. “His finish looked easy but it wasn’t.
“When you’re a young player it’s about adjusting and adapting. His confidence and finishing is much better. He looks like he’s going to score in every game he plays.
“He’s a great learner and a big talent.”