Make no mistake, Burnley are fully aware that clubs all over the Premier League are on the lookout for a top quality centre-back.
This, coupled with the fact that James Tarkowski has played for England at international level, means The Clarets are demanding an astounding £40 million for a player they signed from Brentford for around £37 million less than that, according to The Mail.
Leicester City reportedly see Tarkowski as a replacement for Harry Maguire and with good reason.
Like Maguire, who is at the centre of a tug of war between the two Manchester giants, is not only solid and commanding at the back, he also possesses an underrated technical ability and a superb range of passing.
The Foxes broke their transfer record to sign Ayoze Perez from Newcastle on Thursday and, if they want Tarkowski, they’d have to do so again.
The Times, meanwhile, suggested that Leicester could face competition with Wolverhampton Wanderers enquiring about a centre-half who looks like a perfect fit for Nuno Espirito Santo’s style, even if he hasn’t played in a back three during his time at Turf Moor.
£40 million is a lot of money, even in today’s market, but it’s a fee Wolves’ ambitious billionaire owners would be able to afford without too many concerns.
Put the price tag aside for a second and Tarkowski would look like an inspired addition to a Leicester or a Wolves side with genuine ambitions of forcing their way into the top six.
Have something to tell us about this article?