Leicester City have gone mad with power. Fresh from their stunning Premier League title triumph, the Foxes have begun flaunting their newfound wealth with an astonishing £20m bid for Watford striker Troy Deeney.
Deeney is a good player who, much like his potential new teammate Jamie Vardy, has tirelessly worked his way through the leagues to become an effective Premier League striker, but the size of the potential fee has raised plenty of eyebrows.
Only the thing more insane than genuinely offering to pay £20m for Troy Deeney, is rejecting £20m for Troy Deeney
— ….. (@MercyRuled) June 9, 2016
Leicester clearly now have more money than they know what to do with, so here are three things that they could buy which would be much more fun than a 28-year-old target man from Watford.
Reinter Eight More Kings
There is a belief in Leicester that the reinternment of King Richard III, discovered buried beneath a car park in the city, helped to bring about the upturn in fortunes for the football team.
Imagine how good Leicester could be if they found eight more kings to be their lucky charms?
The estimated cost of the king’s reburial was around £2.5m, so imagine the success that they could enjoy with eight more monarchs on their side.
The Entire Hungary Euro 2016 Squad
According to a pre-Euro 2016 study, minnows Hungary have the least valuable squad at the tournament – with all of their players potentially available for a grand total of just £23m.
Okay, so they may be one or two players short with the fee that they were offering for Deeney, but the shortfall could be made up with their huge Champions League windfall from the coming season.
Or they could just forego striker Tamas Priskin, whose glorious spell in England saw him bag five goals in 51 appearances for Ipswich Town, or maybe veteran goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly – notable mainly for his pyjama bottoms.
Four Ade Akinbiyis
Leicester City are no strangers to spending club record fees on misfiring strikers before – their record signing used to be Ade Akinbiyi, who cost the Foxes a cool £5.3m
The Nigerian international scored just 11 goals in 58 appearances under Peter Taylor at Filbert Street before embarking on a nomadic career that took him to destinations as diverse as Houston Dynamo and Colwyn Bay.
The Foxes didn’t learn their lesson either, breaking the record to buy Croatian forward Andrej Kramaric from Rijeka. Just a handful of appearances later, he was quietly shipped out of the door to Bundesliga side Hoffenheim.