'Gonna sign': Paul Merson believes Liverpool could land £33k-a-week target, amid reports
Speaking on Sky Sports, Paul Merson believes Youri Tielemans isn’t going to sign a new contract with Leicester, amid interest from Liverpool.
What’s the story?
Well, when asked what the midfielder’s dithering means, Merson said: “In this day and age, it tells you he isn’t gonna sign (a new contract).
“You can’t go a year haggling about should I or should I not. They’ve got their money worth with Tielemans.”
At the time, it was said that his price tag was proving to be an obstacle.
However, if Tielemans makes it clear he isn’t signing a new contract, then that price tag will absolutely plummet.
The 45-cap Belgium international’s current terms expire in June 2023.
In that respect, Leicester may be forced to sell him in the summer of 2022, if they want to receive a decent fee for the man they paid £35m for.
Should Liverpool sign Youri Tielemans?
In our view, Tielemans is the perfect Jürgen Klopp midfielder.
The 24-year-old combines great energy with real quality in the final third – his technical ability is absolutely superb.
Tielemans would fit nicely into Klopp’s gegenpressing system, and has the legs to be a box-to-box operator in the German’s set-up at Anfield.
Additionally, he is just 24, so he fits Liverpool’s transfer policy of buying relatively young talents who are already performing at a very high level.
The only negative about this potential move was the eye-watering fee Leicester surely would’ve demanded.
After all, the Foxes made Manchester United pay £85m for Harry Maguire.
However, if Leicester are backed into a corner due to the contract situation, Liverpool could have a golden opportunity to make an incredible signing.
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