Manchester United have pulled out of the race to sign Monaco midfielder Youri Tielemans, according to a report by the Daily Telegraph.
They report that the Belgian international was offered to the Old Trafford club but they have refused the opportunity as they prioritise deals for other targets.
The report says that Leicester City, the club with which he spent the second half of last season, would like to sign the midfielder permanently but his £45 million asking price is proving problematic.
But the good news appears to be that a club able to pay serious wages and offer European football will not battle Leicester for his signature.
Tielemans took to life at Leicester like a duck to water and it would be a genuine boost for next season if they were able to convince him to come back permanently.
And the fact that they look to have a clearer run at him now that United are looking elsewhere is a boost and should serve to drag the asking price down – or at the very least fail to create an auction.
But if Leicester are the only Premier League club interested, a cheaper deal may be there to be done, especially with Tielemans already having settled at the King Power Stadium last term.