New suitor to gazump Liverpool, Man Utd for classy Premier League star

Date published: Tuesday 5th October 2021 1:18 - James Holland

Youri Tielemans Leicester

European giants Atletico Madrid have reportedly joined the race to sign a top Liverpool and Man Utd target.

Although the summer transfer window shut on August 31, clubs are already planning future moves in order to improve their teams. Liverpool have been linked with a number of players recently. Leeds United winger Raphinha and PSG forward Kylian Mbappe are notable examples.

United, meanwhile, are thought to be eyeing Benfica’s Darwin Nunez and Norway goalscorer Erling Haaland.

Youri Tielemans is one man who is being courted by both Premier League sides. He is a viewed as an ideal successor to the departed Gini Wijnaldum at Anfield.

United are searching for Fred replacements and could turn to the Belgium star. Tielemans has become one of Leicester City’s top performers in recent years.

He scored six league goals from midfield last season as the Foxes finished fifth. His biggest impact came during the FA Cup final against Chelsea.

Tielemans bagged a long-range effort as Leicester won the trophy for the first time.

Things have just got harder for Liverpool and United, however. Atletico have joined the race for Tielemans’ signature.

Spanish outlet Fichajes (via Sport Witness) write that Atletico boss Diego Simeone is a big fan of the 24-year-old.

He is personally pushing for the La Liga outfit to submit a big offer in 2022. The player’s contract situation is also encouraging to Atletico chiefs.

His current deal expires in June 2023. Should he opt against signing an extension, then next summer would be Leicester’s last chance to cash in.

The playmaker could be taken to the Spanish capital as a replacement for Saul Niguez, who joined Chelsea on a season-long loan in August. The Blues have the option to make the deal permanent for £30million.

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Liverpool in for Valencia winger

The Reds are searching for attacking reinforcements as they look to win back the league title.

Mo Salah and Sadio Mane have been great towards the start of the campaign, although they will not be around forever.

Fichajes claim that Liverpool chiefs have set their sights on 24-year-old attacker Goncalo Guedes.

The Portugal international has been in good form for Valencia, reaching four goal contributions in his first eight games.

Guedes’ versatility is also impressing Liverpool officials. He tends to operate on the wing but can play centrally if needed.

The Merseyside club could beat Wolves to his signature next year.

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