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Three Celtic stars among Brendan Rodgers' summer targets as Leicester bid to boost squad: Premier League transfer rumours

Brendan Rodgers could be set to launch a bid to bring Kieran Tierney (right) to the Premier League
Brendan Rodgers could be set to launch a bid to bring Kieran Tierney (right) to the Premier League

Brendan Rodgers will move to sign three Celtic players when he's handed a transfer war-chest at Leicester City, according to the latest transfer rumours.

Then Sun claims that the Carnlough man will be given £200m over the course of his three-year contract as Foxes fans target another foray into the top six.

A Leicester fans explains the expectations for Brendan Rodgers.

The 15/16 Premier League title winners appointed the Celtic boss as Claude Puel's successor earlier this week, much to the disappointment of Hoops fans including Rod Stewart.

The singer even predicted that Rodgers would return this summer in a bid to bring Celtic's top talent to the King Power Stadium.

Now the Sun claims that could happen if Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell is allowed to leave for Manchester City. Celtic's Kieran Tierney would then, the paper reports, be the subject of a £25m bid that would make the Scottish international the Glasgow club's record sale. Arsenal, it is reported, would also make their interest official if the player was for sale.

And, Celtic fans will be less than pleased to hear, Talksport claims both James Forrest and Callum McGregor could also be set for a switch south. Both are Celtic academy graduates and Forrest has netted 13 goals so far this season. The report claims both impressed Rodgers so much during his time in Scotland that he could offer them a path to the Premier League

They could be joined at Leicester by a familiar face in former Celtic loanee Patrick Roberts. The club had hoped to land the Manchester City attacker in part of the deal that saw Riyad Mahrez go the opposite direction last year and the Sun has reported that the Foxes could return with a £15m offer this summer. Rodgers is no stranger to the 22-year-old, who spent two and a half years on loan in Glasgow, scoring 18 goals during his spell at Celtic Park.

Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson, however, is at the head of Leicester's summer wish-list, The Sun claims. The 27-year-old has also attracted the attention of West Ham and Chelsea, but could be tempted by a move to Leicester. The 27-year-old England international could cost £40m, having scored 10 Premier League goals this season.

Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson has reportedly caught the attention of Leicester (Mark Kerton/PA)

Romelu Lukaku is keen to join Juventus in the summer if he is forced to leave Manchester United, according to The Sun. It is understood the Red Devils could look to offload the 25-year-old when the transfer window opens, with the Belgium forward willing to join Juventus to link up with Cristiano Ronaldo, the paper says.

Manchester City are monitoring Luka Jovic as they look to bolster their attacking ranks, the Daily Mail reports. The paper claims City have been watching the 21-year-old at Eintracht Frankfurt games for several months, although Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are also said to be keeping tabs on him.

Liverpool target Timo Werner has reportedly agreed terms on a transfer to Bayern Munich. The Daily Mirror says reports in Germany suggest the RB Leipzig striker, who has also been linked with Barcelona and Real Madrid, is set to head to the Allianz Arena.

Players to watch

Emiliano Martinez: Arsenal are considering promoting the goalkeeper to be Bernd Leno’s number two next season after Petr Cech hangs up his gloves, according to The Sun. The 26-year-old is currently on loan at Reading but is being monitored ahead of a return to the Emirates and being part of the first-team set-up, the paper says.

Josip Vukovic: Chelsea are one of several clubs reportedly keeping tabs on Maritimo’s Croatian midfielder. TalkSPORT says Vukovic has also been scouted by Leicester City, Watford and Wolves.

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