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Liverpool set for Youri Tielemans transfer blow as Leicester make decision on midfielder

Daily Mirror
Daily Mirror
 2021-07-20
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Liverpool could be frustrated in their hopes of signing Youri Tielemans with Leicester ready to tie the midfielder down to a bumper new contract.

The 24-year-old is a key target for Reds boss Jurgen Klopp, who has already seen Gini Wijnaldum leave on a free transfer and could also lose skipper Jordan Henderson.

But Brendan Rodgers' Foxes are reportedly ready to step up their efforts to keep Tielemans by offering him a new deal that would see him become one of the club's top earners.

The Belgium star was one of Leicester's best players last term, putting in a series of standout displays and scoring the only goal against Chelsea in the FA Cup final.

With just two years left on his current deal, his performances have alerted Europe's top clubs - including Premier League rivals Liverpool.

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Youri Tielemans has emerged as a target for Liverpool but Leicester will be determined to keep him ( Image: STEPHANIE LECOCQ/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

And Leicester will offer him a long-term contract that would see him move closer to £100k-per-week top earners Jamie Vardy and Kasper Schmeichel, according to the Daily Mail .

But whether the Foxes can keep hold of their star man may depend on whether they can convince him he can play Champions League football at the King Power Stadium.

Leicester have received big fees for their players in recent seasons, with Manchester United having paid £80m to land Harry Maguire, while Chelsea splashed out £50m on Ben Chilwell.

Rodgers' side are said to value Tielemans at £64m - and that's a price tag Liverpool are prepared to meet, according to Voetbal 24.

The Belgian outlet claimed Tielemans has outlined his wish as he pursues his dream of playing club football at the highest level.

Liverpool can of course offer Champions League football next season, while Leicester narrowly missed out on a top-four spot for the second consecutive campaign.

And the Reds could have an extra space in their engine room with Henderson’s future increasingly in doubt after contract talks stalled.

It is understood that with contract talks at an impasse and no sign of negotiations being resurrected, the skipper will now seriously consider his position.

People close to the situation have suggested Henderson will demand the club makes clear if they want him to stay or not, and will seek a transfer this summer if it is clear he isn’t valued by the money men.

Klopp wants his captain and leader to stay - but he also made clear he was desperate to keep hold of Wijnaldum, only to lose him when director Mike Gordon and sporting director Michael Edwards refused to meet the Dutch star’s demands.

PSG are known admirers of Henderson and their manager Mauricio Pochettino could attempt to reunite him with Wijnaldum.

And the midfielder's situation is serious enough to have several clubs watching with real interest, with Atletico Madrid also in the market, and Serie A giants Juventus also said to be monitoring proceedings.

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