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Following the news that a deal has been agreed with Manchester United for Harry Maguire, the profit that Leicester City will make on his sale is ridiculous.
Maguire signed for Leicester in 2017 from Hull City for a fee of £12 million rising to £17 million with add-ons.
Now with the reports that the defender is set to leave the King Power Stadium for £85 million, that is a £68 million profit that Brendan Rodgers can invest into his squad with five days to go in the transfer window.
Harry Maguire arrived at Carrington this morning in his agent's own branded van #MUFC pic.twitter.com/VYlLilTIQw
- MUFC Scoop (@MUFCScoop) August 3, 2019
This isn't the first time Leicester have made big bucks off the sale of a prized asset.
When Leicester won the Premier League back in 2016, one key component was the midfield duo of Danny Drinkwater and N'Golo Kante.
The pair complemented one another perfectly and only cost The Foxes a combined fee just shy of £6.5 million.
Drinkwater joined from Manchester United in 2012 for £850,000 while Kante was signed by Claudio Ranieri from Caen for £5.6 million in 2015.
Following their historic title win, Chelsea decided to gamble on the Frenchman and pay £32 million despite him only spending one year at Premier League level.
Three years later, he has won the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League with Chelsea and World Cup with France.
It's fair to say the gamble paid off.
Drinkwater has also swapped the East Midlands for London but has found far less success.
Joining Chelsea one year after Kante for £35 million, Drinkwater has never got going at Stamford Bridge and has made less than 30 appearances over 2 years.
New Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is reportedly keen to offload the Premier League winner.
The final player is Riyhad Mahrez, who spent four years at Leicester.
He joined Leicester in January 2014 for £450,000 from Le Havre.
Despite not knowing who Leicester were and believing they were a rugby club, the winger helped the Foxes achieve promotion from the Championship as well as win the Premier League, forming a fantastic understanding with Jamie Vardy.
He joined Manchester City last summer for £60 million and despite a mixed season still ended with three trophies at domestic level, as well as winning the Africa Cup of Nations in the summer.
Although Brendan Rodgers' side have lost a wealth of talent throughout the years, there are still a crop of players who could go for a big fee in the future.
Ben Chilwell, Wilfred Ndidi and Youri Tielemans have all been linked with top European clubs while Hamza Choudhury and Harvey Barnes enjoyed break-out years last season.
You have to wonder how great Leicester would be if they managed to hold on to all their big players over the last few years.
Words by Daniel Marland.
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