Leicester City could be set for a significant blow over the coming months after reports claimed that Youri Tielemans has his sights set on a switch to Liverpool.
According to Belgian outlet VOETBAL24, the 24-year-old is keen to join the Anfield outfit this summer and is already looking forward to linking up with Jurgen Klopp’s charges.
The report also claims that Tielemans has made his intentions known to all parties and that there’s a good chance the deal will be completed quickly, with a £64 million price tag muted.
News that the midfield maestro is thought to have his heart set on an imminent exit will surely leave the Leicester fans feeling gutted.
Tielemans has established himself as a pivotal player for the Foxes since his arrival back in January 2019, scoring 17 goals and providing 19 assists in 108 appearances for the Midlands outfit.
The Belgium international had his most impressive season yet last term, featuring in every Premier League game as Leicester finished fifth, while he also scored the winning goal in the FA Cup final.
His underlying numbers were also impressive, though. Tielemans averaged 2.3 tackles per league game, 1.3 key passes and 65.2 passes, placing him in the top three compared to his teammates for each metric.
Therefore, his departure from the King Power Stadium would leave a huge hole in the club’s engine room, one that Brendan Rodgers would find almost impossible to fill.
Although Leicester have routinely sold one of their best players each summer for several seasons now, losing Tielemans would be a bitter blow to their current aspirations.
The departures of N’Golo Kante, Harry Maguire and Riyad Mahrez helped finance their recent progress and success, but the time has now come for the club to keep hold of their star players if they want to make the next leap and break into the top four on a consistent basis.
Consecutive fifth-place finishes in the top-flight illustrate how close Leicester are to breaking into the top four and achieving a place in the Champions League.
If they want to return to Europe’s elite cup competition, then they have to stop selling their key players to domestic rivals, and keeping hold of Tielemans this summer would send a powerful message.