Paper Talk: Liverpool get definitive answer amid growing midfielder interest

Date published: Tuesday 20th July 2021 8:35 - Samuel Bannister

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One Liverpool target will be offered a huge contract to turn a move to Anfield down, while Leeds have revived their interest in a Premier League winger and a Chelsea youngster is in demand – all in Tuesday’s transfer gossip.

TIELEMANS TO GET NEW DEAL

Leicester are ready to warn Liverpool away from Youri Tielemans by getting the midfielder to sign a new contract, according to reports.

Liverpool need to find a way to replace Georginio Wijnaldum following his move to Paris Saint-Germain. They may have to enter the transfer market to do so. As such, Tielemans has been heavily linked with a move.

The Belgian midfielder was a statement signing for Leicester when they brought him in two-and-a-half years ago. Now, clubs of the calibre they beat to his signing originally are looking at him again.

Doubts remain over how interested Liverpool are, but he is one of the names to be most frequently linked with them.

However, the Daily Mail report that Leicester are stepping up their efforts to get Tielemans to sign a new contract.

There are only two years left to run on his current deal. While there is no urgent pressure to get him to renew, they will be at risk of losing him for an unfair price the longer the delay goes on.

Hence, they are now ready to send a clear message to Liverpool once and for all that Tielemans is not for sale.

Leicester have developed several top talents in recent years, but have not let them go on the cheap. Harry Maguire, Ben Chilwell and Riyad Mahrez are among some of the players they kept away from bigger clubs for a while before relenting, but only for big sums.

Tielemans too would see his value increase upon the signing of a new deal. His personal terms would also improve, putting him towards the £100,000-per-week bracket currently occupied by Kasper Schmeichel and Jamie Vardy.


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TRAORE A TARGET FOR LEEDS

Adama Traore, Wolves winger dejected

Leeds are weighing up making a move for Wolves winger Adama Traore. (90min)

Callum Hudson-Odoi will stay at Chelsea to fight for his place, despite being suggested as a makeweight in a swap deal for Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman. (The Sun)

Manchester City remain keen on Sporting CP left-back Nuno Mendes, even if the £50m asking price is off-putting. (Fabrizio Romano)

Man Utd are getting closer to finalising personal terms with Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane. (Manchester Evening News)

Wolves have the chance to sign Denmark striker Martin Braithwaite from Barcelona. (Daily Mail)

Southampton have not yet received any enquiries for striker Danny Ings, who wants to join either Man Utd or Man City. (Talksport)

CHELSEA YOUNGSTER EYED BY RIVALS

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Liverpool, West Ham, Leeds and Southampton are interested in Chelsea youngster Lewis Bate, who is in the final year of his contract. (Daily Mail)

Man City want £20m to sell midfielder Yangel Herrera after his loan spell at Granada. Leeds, Southampton and West Ham are all keen. (The Sun)

Brighton have identified Liverpool defender Nat Phillips as an ideal replacement for Arsenal-bound Ben White. (Talksport)

Wolves striker Rafa Mir has emerged as a target for Atletico Madrid after a loan spell at Huesca last season. (Daily Mail)

Atletico Madrid do not want to sell Kieran Trippier to Manchester United, but would replace him with Wolves’ Nelson Semedo or Napoli’s Giovanni Di Lorenzo if they have to. (AS)

Burnley are interested in Lyon full-back Maxwel Cornet, who used to play further forward. (L’Equipe)

AND MORE TRANSFER GOSSIP

Contract talks between Jordan Henderson and Liverpool have made little progress, putting the captain’s future in doubt. (The Athletic)

A lack of Champions League football has scuppered Arsenal’s hopes of signing Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli. Instead, he would prefer to join Juventus. (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham are in advanced talks over the signing of Atalanta centre-back Cristian Romero and goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini. (Football.London)

Man Utd believe they can get Eduardo Camavinga for a lower price if they wait to sign him in a later window. (The Athletic)

Villarreal are keen to sign Bournemouth winger Arnaut Danjuma, but Southampton and Aston Villa are also keen. (The Sun)

Burnley could make a move for Airdrie winger Thomas Robert as he undergoes a trial. (Daily Record)

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