'Gonna sign': Paul Merson believes Liverpool could land £33k-a-week target, amid reports

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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.”

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It was The Athletic who claimed that Liverpool are huge admirers of the £33,038-a-week playmaker.

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?

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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.

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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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