Liverpool and Manchester United have been put on high alert after a trusted source revealed Youri Tielemans will not extend his Leicester City deal.
The 24-year-old has been with the Foxes since January 2019 when he penned a six-month loan deal from Monaco. The East Midlanders wasted little time in handing him permanent terms, with the Belgium international signing a four-year deal. And the former Anderlecht ace has gone from strength to strength at King Power Stadium.
He has bagged 23 goals from 135 appearances in all competitions. The most memorable was the superb strike against Chelsea that settled last season’s FA Cup in Leicester’s favour.
The talented midfielder has notched 16 Premier League goals and 17 assists from 105 appearances and is clearly a wanted man. Tottenham, Arsenal and Newcastle United were all linked earlier this week.
But Manchester United and Liverpool are also thought to hold an interest in the schemer. And it was reported on Thursday that the Foxes might accept below his market value to avoid losing him for nothing.
He will fall out of contract in the summer of 2023. And Brendan Rodgers is eager for his star man to extend his stay.
He tweeted: “I’ve been told Youri Tielemans will NOT extend his contract with Leicester. New deal bid has been turned down – current one expires in 2023.
Manchester United chase Youri Tielemans for cut price
Manchester United chase Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans
“Of course Youri will be professional, he’s focused on Leicester. Many top clubs want him for June.”
Tielemans could be bargain of the summer
Leicester slapped a price tag of around £50m on the Belgian’s head. That seemed a realistic valuation given his talent and current prices being paid for players around Europe.
But it now seems as though the 2015-2016 Premier League champions might accept as little as £34m for the star. The interested clubs face a dilemma whether to strike in the summer.
They will not want to risk losing him to a top-flight rival. However, his value will continue to drop as the end of his contract draws nearer.
The summer window appears the most likely time when Tielemans will depart. And, if the report is to be believed, he will have many options to ponder.