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Liverpool Lose Out on Top Left Back Target

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Caudio Ranieri says Ben Chilwell is staying at Leicester City.

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After a loan spell at Huddersfield Town under Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp’s friend and confidant David Wagner, Leicester City’s 19-year-old left back Ben Chilwell became a top transfer target for the Reds. Now, it appears their attempts to sign him away from the defending Premier League champions have failed.

That’s because as of today, Chilwell is set to sign a new long-term deal to remain at Leicester, and manager Claudio Ranieri says that with it, the player is going nowhere. Liverpool had previously offered £7M for the promising young left back but Leicester City had been firm with a valuation of at least £10M for the youngster.

"He is very close and will stay with us," was Ranieri’s simple and straightforward response when asked about the left back’s contract situation and future this week as Leicester continued their preparations for the 2016-17 season, a season that will see the unheralded Foxes playing in the Champions League as English champions.

For Liverpool, news that Leicester expect Chilwell to remain is likely behind a recent surge in rumours linking the club to Aston Villa left back Jordan Amavi, one of the very few bright spots for Villa in what was a difficult 2015-16 season that ended in relegation. Villa are rumoured to be holding out for £15M for Amavi.