Leicester City hope to fend clubs away from Harvey Barnes, according to reports. Liverpool supposedly like the player.
The comes from the Mirror. They claim that Leicester City hope to tie Harvey Barnes down to a new contract soon.
The player still has three years left on his current deal but his performances this season have led to increased interest. Notably, Liverpool and Manchester United watched Barnes recently.
There’s no doubt they’ll have liked what they saw. Barnes has nine goals and four assists in the Premier League, firmly establishing himself as a top player.
He’s still just 23, too. Barnes has room to grow, making him a hugely promising player.
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What RTK has to say
Barnes would cost an absolute fortune with or without the contract. Still, can’t blame Liverpool for keeping an eye on him.
He looks like a fantastic player right now, capable of delivering from both the left flank and the middle. We love how he’s both creative and a goal-threat himself – exactly what Liverpool like from their wide players.
But we just don’t see how this one would be financially viable. Leicester got £80m for Harry Maguire, after all, and Barnes would likely cost more.
Attacking players typically do anyway but the room for growth is larger than Maguire’s, too. Put it all together and you’re looking at a club record fee at the very least.
Leicester will understandably hope to tie him down and that will make things tougher for anyone to get Barnes.
The only way we can see Liverpool getting him is if Barnes becomes a world-beater. Then, perhaps, they’d justify a £100m+ fee. Otherwise, Barnes is going to be a Leicester player for a long time to come.
We’d love him at Liverpool but this one just doesn’t feel feasible anymore. Not after his form this season.