Leicester City may need to pay a club-record £40m to make loanee Youri Tielemans’ loan move from Monaco permanent in the summer, according to the Daily Mail.
They report that £40m was the price quoted by the Ligue 1 side when Leicester enquired about buying the Belgian international in the January transfer window – and Brendan Rodgers may be met with the same demands at the conclusion of the season.
Adrien Silva may apparently be a key figure in any potential negotiation; the Portuguese international moved in the other direction in January and the futures of the midfielders may be intertwined.
But Tielemans is not the only player Leicester have been linked with on a £40m deal of late. The Sun reported last week that Rodgers wants Bournemouth hitman Callum Wilson for the same fee to overhaul his attack.
And while Wilson is a good Premier League striker, his injury problems make him a risk if Leicester are to smash their transfer record to sign him.
He has had two serious knee injuries and the last thing Rodgers needs is to pin his hopes on the England international to replace Jamie Vardy only for him to break down once more.
But Tielemans is one of the hottest young midfielders in Europe and could be a mainstay of the Foxes team for years and years to come, adding a craft and guile that has been missing in recent years.