Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall transfer: £40m rivals, imminent deadline, Leicester City stance

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall during Leicester City's 1-0 win over Sunderland
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There are just a few days to go until the end of the month and for many clubs that means there's a scramble.

June 30 marks the close of the accounts for the 23-24 season and so sides are working on balancing their books in order to avoid breaches of Profit and Sustainability Rules. Leicester City are among the clubs in trouble, with the EFL long predicting they would outspend the threshold.

As such, the future of Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall is a contentious one. As an academy graduate, his sale would go into the accounts as pure profit and would be hugely beneficial to City's bid to comply with financial regulations. Here's everything you need to know on the future of the club's star midfielder.

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What’s the latest?

Over recent days, reports of interest in Dewsbury-Hall has re-emerged. Brighton made an offer of around £20m back in January, a bombshell at the time, but it was not enough to get City to part with their main man midway through a promotion bid. The Telegraph report that the Seagulls remain keen on the 25-year-old as they look to bolster the squad for new manager Fabian Hurzeler.

Back in January, Brentford were another side listed as a suitor for Dewsbury-Hall, and they are said to retain an interest too. The Mail report that the Bees will rival Brighton for the midfielder but will have to part with £40m to sign him, which would eclipse both sides' record transfer fees.

But while the June 30 deadline for this year's accounts looms, it won't necessarily signal a cut-off point for Dewsbury-Hall's potential transfer. City have sold a big name nearly every summer to help fund their transfer business and this year is not expected to be any different. Even if Dewsbury-Hall is at the club come July, he could still be sold before the end of the transfer window.

Who else has been linked?

Back in January, Fulham and Arsenal were also listed alongside Brighton and Brentford as interested parties. Since then, more clubs have come to the fore, and Chelsea have even been linked with the 25-year-old. A reunion with Enzo Maresca feels too convenient to be true, but if Conor Gallagher is sold at Stamford Bridge, Dewsbury-Hall makes sense as a potential replacement.

More clubs might yet come forward. Speaking on the final day of City’s season, Maresca had expected Premier League clubs to show an interest once their once campaigns had finished and they had their plans for the summer sorted.

What may weed the clubs out is City’s price tag. If they are only willing to accept offers of around £40m, a deal may be restricted to the very wealthiest Premier League clubs, particularly when PSR is biting a few of the mid-sized sides.

What has he said about his future?

Speaking at the club’s awards do, in which he was named player of the season and players’ player of the season, Dewsbury-Hall could not have been clearer. He said: “I’ve got intention of leaving.”

Growing up in Shepshed and at the club since the age of eight, Dewsbury-Hall has a strong connection to the club. He has spoken about his sense of duty in getting City back to the Premier League after their relegation.

This poses an intriguing problem for City. All of the big-money sales of recent years have involved players who wanted to go. Some, like Wesley Fofana, did their utmost to force it through. It’s perhaps a trickier situation to navigate when the player wants to stay.

How would the deal affect City on the pitch?

In selling Dewsbury-Hall, City would have a lot to replace on the pitch. No player contributed to more goals as City won the Championship, the midfielder scoring 12 goals and providing 14 assists. But beyond that, he also gave the team energy and driving carries with the ball up the pitch. City, and new manager Steve Cooper, will really miss him.

But they will especially do so as he could be the only player remaining in the attacking midfield positions. Of the four other players City used in two number eight roles last season, Cesare Casadei went back to Chelsea, Yunus Akgun is not returning from Galatasaray, Dennis Praet has been released, and Wilfred Ndidi may choose to turn down the club and sign a contract elsewhere. If Dewsbury-Hall was to leave on top of that, City would need a few transfers in the same position, or a different style of play.

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