Brendan Rodgers relaxed as he reveals Man United have failed to meet Harry Maguire's valuation

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Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers praised the professionalism of Harry Maguire and admitted he was “relaxed” about the reported interest of Manchester United in the central defender.

United are hoping to bring in a top-level centre-back before the transfer window shuts next month and PA understands the England international is in the Old Trafford giants’ sights.

Maguire played 45 minutes in Leicester’s 1-0 friendly win at Scunthorpe on Tuesday and manager Rodgers spoke about the situation afterwards.

He said: “There’s a value that hasn’t been met yet and my support is to him. He’s a special player and we want to keep him but, of course, time will tell.

“The other club interested is a huge club but he’s a really good guy.

“I’ve been in this position a number of times and it’s never easy but he’s taken part in everything and hasn’t showed anything other than sheer professionalism. You’ve seen that tonight with the 45 minutes he played.”

Asked by Sky Sports News about potential replacements should Maguire leave, Rodgers added: “The club have been very good. If we lose him we’d have a number of targets we’d look at.

“But we’re quite relaxed with him. He’s a top-quality player and no one has come near the valuation of the player to tempt the club to sell.”

Ayoze Perez, who joined Leicester from Newcastle on July 4, scored the only goal of the Glanford Park contest in the first half.

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Atletico Madrid's summer splurge to continue with signing of Spurs right-back Kieran Trippier

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Kieran Trippier is set to become the first Englishman to play for Atletico Madrid after flying to Spain to complete a £20m move from Tottenham.

According to a report in The Telegraph, Atleti have sprung into action to fill a hole at right-back left by Juanfran this summer.

Trippier was one of England’s heroes at the 2018 World Cup – including scoring a free-kick in the 2-1 semi-final defeat to Croatia – but had a tough time upon his return to England.

The 28-year-old out looked out of sorts for much of the season despite Spurs’ run to the Champions League final, admitting last month his performances have ‘not been good at all. I am the first one to say that’.

Atleti have offered him a fresh start in Spain, having undergone an extensive rebuilding job following the departures of Diego Godin, Rodri and Antoine Griezmann.

They have already snapped up seven players – including the staggering €126m outlay on Portugal teenager Joao Felix – and are reportedly chasing Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez as well as Espanyol defender Mario Hermoso.

Juventus and Napoli had also registered their interest in Trippier, who has spent four seasons at Tottenham, but Diego Simeone’s side have stolen a march on their transfer rivals.

Sergie Aurier and Kyle Walker-Peters are Tottenham’s two other senior right-backs.

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Transfer predictor: Junior Firpo to Barcelona is a 6 and Everton Soares to Arsenal is a 9

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Struggling to pick out the facts from the figures? Reality from the rubbish? Sense from the silly season? We’ve got you sorted in our daily dose of the Transfer Predictor, where we round up the latest rumours with an analytical spin.

We sort through the most eye-catching transfer reports of the past 24 hours and give a balanced judgment on whether the move really will happen – and why.

Today’s edition features potential signings for Arsenal, Tottenham and Barcelona.

JUNIOR FIRPO

Real Betis left-back Junior.

Real Betis left-back Junior.

Real Betis -> €40m -> Barcelona

RAC1 suggest that Barcelona could sign proven Real Betis left-back Junior Firpo as a back-up to Jordi Alba. The Catalan club could pay the player’s release clause of €40m.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN

Barcelona just played out one full season without a back-up left-back. Academy player Juan Miranda was hardly utilised and Ernesto Valverde preferred playing Nelson Semedo out of position when needed. The cracks were visible towards the end of the season and it looks like Barcelona have realised that a back-up at the left-back position is absolutely necessary.

Firpo is a proven player who can bring a lot to any top team. Barcelona and Betis enjoy a healthy relationship. There are reports that Barcelona will only trigger the release clause if their bid for the player is not met positively and prefer that it does not have to come to that.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN

Firpo has the quality to start every game and may find it absolutely necessary to do so during his developmental phase. Alba has at least 2-3 years as an undisputed starter and the Betis full-back would not want to play second fiddle for so long.

Antoine Griezmann has proved to be heavy on Barcelona’s pockets and if Neymar is indeed close to signing a deal with the club, they could run out of funds to complete this move.

TRANSFER PREDICTOR: 6/10

EVERTON SOARES

Everton

Gremio ->  €28m -> Arsenal

Fox Sports Brazil report that Everton Soares will soon swap his Gremio colours for Arsenal’s red, as he completes a move to the London side. A transfer fee of €28m plus performance-based bonuses of up to €12m has been agreed upon and his announcement is imminent.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN

In Everton, Arsenal have found a player who could prove to be their best value-for-money buy amid the budget constraints.

The Brazil forward first attracted interest from AC Milan but the move never materialised. After a terrific Copa America outing, the 23-year-old has once again made himself a hot prospect and Arsenal are well poised to get their man. He may be viewed as a cheaper alternative to Wilfried Zaha.

Reports suggest that the Premier League side have sent doctors to Brazil for medicals and the official announcement could happen very soon.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN

Several reports have suggested that the deal is done and only minor details remain. It’s very unlikely that things derail from where they stand at the moment.

TRANSFER PREDICTOR: 9/10

GARETH BALE

Gareth Bale

Real Madrid->  €60m -> Tottenham

Tottenham are ready to shell out up to €60m for Real Madrid attacker and former Spurs player Gareth Bale according to Marca.

WHY IT WILL HAPPEN

It’s clear as day that the Welshman has no future at Madrid and postponing his inevitable departure could only decrease the player’s market value.

Both Bale and Madrid are desperate to part ways and Spurs might just have provided them a way out. The winger will be returning to a club and league he is familiar with. A return to Spurs could very well be his last shot at redemption.

WHY IT WON’T HAPPEN

Spurs are unwilling to pay his wages in entirety and expect the Spanish giants to chip in with half the amount. The wage structure at Madrid could get messy with all the star arrivals and it remains to be seen if they will accept Spurs’ proposal.

Will Madrid agree to pay the wages of a player who is no longer at the club? Will Spurs sign the player even if their condition are not met by Madrid? Will Bale take a salary cut to be reunited with his former club? Well, someone has to compromise.

TRANSFER PREDICTOR: 5/10

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