Liverpool given Youri Tielemans transfer boost amid Leicester contract negotiations
Liverpool have landed a boost in their pursuit of Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans, according to reports by Eurosport.
They claim the Belgian maestro will now wait until after Euro 2020 before he signs a new contract. The Foxes are striving to lock down his long-term future as Europe’s elite pay close attention to his standout performances.
Tielemans is currently under contract until 2023 and is enjoying life under Brendan Rodgers but will not rush a decision. The 24-year-old instead wants to keep all of his options open as a strong European Championship could open more doors.
Leicester were expected to secure Tielemans’ future before he held out on penning a new deal until after the season. He wanted to see if the Foxes would secure Champions League football before making a final decision.
Rodgers’ side eventually missed out on a top-four finish on the final day after defeat to Tottenham Hotspur. Allowing Liverpool and Chelsea to claim a European berth despite spending less time in the Champions League places than Leicester.
Tielemans now wanting to wait until after Euro 2020 before signing a contract is a boost for Liverpool. Calciomercato report Jurgen Klopp’s side and Barcelona are both keen to sign the £33,000-per-week playmaker.
Belgian publication Het Nieuwsblad, however, claim Leicester would demand €70million (£60m) to sell their £40m signing from AS Monaco. Tielemans won the Foxes their first FA Cup last month with a stunning strike from distance to beat Chelsea.
TBR’s view: Tielemans perfect for Liverpool
Tielemans would be the perfect signing for Liverpool if they can raise the funds needed to meet Leicester’s valuation. Klopp is set to lose Georginio Wijnaldum once his contract expires later this month but would have a direct replacement.
The 37-cap international has developed strongly at the King Power Stadium since first joining on loan in 2019. He is now a captain with a mind well beyond his years capable of organising those around him. Tielemans is also physically stronger but still covers the hard yards with a graceful rhythm to his actions.
Pep Guardiola has long lauded Tielemans, too. The Manchester City boss described him as ‘incredible’ after being run close by Leicester in 2019. He has more recently lauded the Rodgers favourite for being ‘a top, top-class player’, as well.
Klopp may now have a chance to sign Tielemans with the Belgian holding fire on signing a new contract. The pause in putting pen to paper also offers Liverpool a chance to raise the needed funds before the door closes.
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