Leicester City Set For £8.5 Million Cash Windfall This Summer

Leicester City head coach Enzo Maresca is a wanted man this summer after guiding the Foxes back to the Premier League but the Italian has a hefty release clause, according to the latest reports.

The former top-flight champions were relegated last season in unprecedented fashion despite playing in Europe in the prior campaign. Nevertheless, the appointment of Maresca proved to be an astute decision by the Leicester board as the club bounced straight back to the top tier of English football, winning the Championship by one point.

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Despite a blip in form during February and March, Maresca’s men played some scintillating football and were certainly the strongest team in the division. As a result, the 44-year-old has garnered interest from clubs in England and abroad.

It was reported two weeks ago that the former Manchester City assistant coach has been identified by Spanish club Sevilla ahead of next season, with an eye to bringing him back to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, where he played for four years from 2005 to 2009.

However, The Guardian reported this week that Maresca is also a leading candidate to replace Mauricio Pochettino at Chelsea following the Argentine’s surprise departure from Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, while Ipswich Town boss Kieran McKenna is also on Todd Boehly’s list of managerial targets.

Furthermore, the outlet are claiming that, should the Blues take Maresca from the King Power Stadium, Leicester City will be awarded compensation of £8.5 million, which is said to be the valuation of his release clause.

Writer’s View

Maresca has a valid contract with Leicester City until 2027 so it will be much more difficult for Chelsea to lure the Italian away from his current role than to prise McKenna from Ipswich. The Northern Irishman is reportedly said to have a £4 million release clause in his deal at Portman Road, having guided the Tractor Boys to back-to-back promotions to the Premier League.

There is no immediate concern that Maresca will be heading to Stamford Bridge but it would certainly be a big blow for the club before the 2024/25 campaign even commences. Nevertheless, while it seems unlikely, it’s not impossible.

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