English Premiership

Shakespeare expects Leicester to break transfer record

2017-05-12 14:11
Islam Slimani (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare expects the club to break their previous transfer record as they strengthen in the off-season.

The Foxes splashed £28m on Islam Slimani at the beginning of the season, with the Algerian striker signing from Sporting Lisbon on a five-year deal.

Other big-money signings for the club include Ahmed Musa at £16.6million, Wilfred Ndidi, a £17million transfer, and Nampalys Mendy, who cost Leicester £13million.

With his side's Premier League safety secured, Shakespeare is already planning for next season, and says there won't be too many changes, although they do expect to spend big.

He said: "I think it'll be minimal. I expect a few going and a few coming. There could be a chance we will break the transfer record.

"You look at the players out there and the Premier League is the place to play. A lot of players will want to come to this country, but it's down to the individual clubs to sort their own recruitment out."

He added: "You're in those meetings to give your opinion, that's what you're asked.

"It's about not always agreeing but then backing your argument up with why this player wouldn't be suitable.

"You have to have your own opinions, there might be five people in the room with four different opinions. If you get that recruitment right, you have more of a chance of succeeding."

Shakespeare is yet to sign a new deal with the club with his contract set to expire at the end of the season.

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