Manchester City Eye Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell

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Manchester City may have to smash the world record fee for a defender if they hope to land Leicester City's Ben Chilwell in the summer.

The Daily Telegraph report that City might have to break the transfer record if they are to lure Chilwell away from the King Power Stadium, given the fact that he is contracted to the Foxes until 2024.

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New Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers is uneager to lose one of the club's most prized assets and the Premier League champions would have to submit a remunerative offer in order to spark a negotiation process.

The 22-year-old has earned a place in the England squad with his performances this season, appearing in 32 games across all competitions and standing out in a Leicester side which has struggled over the last few months.

According to The Telegraph, City are used to forking out huge fees for defenders, as Kyle Walker was acquired from Tottenham for £54 million and Mendy was brought in from AS Monaco for £52 million.

Chilwell might now be prepared for the next step up in his career and the Citizens could be the perfect place for his talent to develop, especially since he'd be likely to slot straight into the starting line up in the absence of Mendy.

It remains to be seen whether or not City can put together this particular deal when the transfer market reopens, but if they can, Chilwell would be a fantastic new addition to their squad of superstars.

Leicester City's Ben Chilwell
Leicester City's Ben Chilwell

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Meanwhile, Liverpool centre-back Virgil Van Dijk is currently the world’s most expensive defender, having been signed from Southampton in 2017 for a whopping £75 million – according to The Guardian.

This article was most recently revised and updated 4 years ago

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