Liverpool learn main rival in race for Prem talent in seven-way scramble

Date published: Wednesday 27th October 2021 5:56 - Samuel Bannister

Leicester City players Timothy Castagne and Youri Tielemans training in Poland

Bayern Munich have been named as the main competition to Liverpool in the race for Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans in a European report.

Leicester have reason to be worried about losing Tielemans due to his contract expiring in 2023. A number of clubs have already been queuing up for his signature. Indeed, Leicester beat off competition from some more established sides when signing him in the first place.

His form since that 2019 transfer has only proven why he was so in demand. As such, he knows clubs are looking at him. He confessed in September to keeping his options open.

Brendan Rodgers has since denied Tielemans’ situation is a concern for Leicester. However, it seems increasingly unrealistic to imagine him playing for the Foxes next season.

A recent report, focusing on interest from Chelsea, revealed there were seven suitors for his signature.

Liverpool were among them, having long been established in the race for the Belgian. Now, Calciomercato name them as one of two clubs to keep particular attention on in the transfer battle.

Georginio Wijnaldum left Liverpool for Paris Saint-Germain upon the expiry of his contract in the summer. No replacement arrived at Anfield, although Harvey Elliott was providing more cover after returning from a loan spell away, until his injury.

Still, it is an area that the Reds may consider reinforcing if they can find the right player. Tielemans has Premier League experience and a good blend of experience and potential at the age of 24.

Despite that, his next move might not be within England. According to Calciomercato, Bayern Munich are ready to rival Liverpool for his transfer.

The Bundesliga giants are searching for a 10th consecutive league title this season. Their transfer approach has been key to their prolonged success and Tielemans could form part of the next phase of their continual evolution.

Leicester must simply keep enjoying him for as long as he is at the King Power Stadium. So far this season, he has scored three goals and provided two assists from nine Premier League games.

The ex-Anderlecht man’s overall tally for the club stands at 122 games, 20 goals and 22 assists. He scored the winning goal in the FA Cup final for them last season and also got his hands on the Community Shield later that summer.

Tielemans not only Leicester exit link

Leicester have made many shrewd signings since their return to the Premier League in 2014. The downside, though, is that they have had to get used to seeing some of their top talent move on to so-called bigger clubs.

N’Golo Kante went to Chelsea, Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City and Harry Maguire to Manchester United, for example. It seems Tielemans is next in line to earn a big move.

He is not the only Leicester star on the radar of the footballing elite, though. A recent report claimed defender Wesley Fofana has emerged as a priority target for Man Utd.

Fofana has impressed thoroughly since joining from Saint-Etienne. Man Utd have had him on their radar since last spring and have only taken encouragement from how he has been playing since.

He could therefore make the same move as Maguire did in 2019.

Leicester would, in the event of losing two key men, have to find yet another way to replenish their ranks. But their track record suggests they will be just fine at doing so.

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