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Surprise reports in Belgium claim Youri Tielemans ‘really wants’ to complete a move to Liverpool this summer. The Leicester midfield maestro won’t be short of offers if he does decide to move on from the King Power Stadium before the start of next season, having previously been a target for Manchester United.
Tielemans is currently on his holidays after representing Belgium at Euro 2020.
Leicester are expecting him to join up with their squad in a few weeks’ time as they crank up preparations for the new Premier League season.
Brendan Rodgers’ troops fell just short of a Champions League qualification spot having missed out on the top-four on the final day of the season for the second successive campaign.
Yet the Foxes do have their FA Cup winners medal to show for another impressive showing, as they continue to mix it with the so-called ‘Big Six’.
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Nonetheless, the lack of Champions League football could pose a threat for the club when it comes to keeping their most-prized assets.
Now Belgian outlet Voetbal24 claim Tielemans ‘is already looking forward to making the switch to Anfield’.
The report even goes as far as saying that a deal could be completed quickly.
A figure of £64million (€75m) is also quoted while it’s claimed Jurgen Klopp has decided he would prefer Tielemans over Renato Sanches.
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The Portuguese international could be available for cheap this summer with Sanches and Tielemans amongst the reported candidates to replace Wijnaldum following his departure from Anfield.
Leicester do not intend to sell the 24-year-old, who remains an integral part of their plans moving forward.
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has also provided an update on Tielemans’ future but he does not believe there is anything imminent when Liverpool are concerned…
“In the case of players like Tielemans, it is complicated because Leicester are offering him a new contract,” Romano told Anfield Watch.
“The player is now on holiday, he wants to wait. He will decide about his future when he returns.
“But, signing Tielemans, not just for Liverpool, but for any club this summer, means spending a lot of money. I think more than €50-60 million.
“It is not easy [for most clubs to sign Tielemans] this summer [because of Leicester’s asking price].”
Reporters with close links to Liverpool are refusing to rule out the idea that the Reds won’t sign a replacement for Wijnaldum, with Curtis Jones set to step up and build on last season’s breakthrough campaign.
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