Liverpool have learned Leicester City’s asking price for midfielder Youri Tielemans amid their apparent interest in the 24-year-old maestro.
That would see the Midlands outfit make a healthy profit on the £4om they paid Monaco for Tielemans just two years ago, should Liverpool stump up the required fee.
Although the outlined fee may seem a high one, Jurgen Klopp will be happy that Leicester have even named a price for the Belgium international, signaling they could be prepared to sell.
Liverpool’s director of football Michael Edwards is a notoriously tough negotiator and will be confident of achieving a fair price for any target that the German tactician wants.
The Anfield outfit are expected to have to sell some fringe players before they can make any further additions over the coming months, though, but raising the required funds for Tielemans is not out of their reach.
After Gini Wijnaldum’s decision to join Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer, Liverpool are believed to be in the market for a new central midfielder this summer and have identified Tielemans as a prime candidate.
His impressive performances since arriving on England shores have earned several plaudits, including Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.
“Tielemans is a top, top-class player,” remarked the Spaniard ahead of a clash between City and Leicester last season.
“I remember when I arrived, my first season and Vincent Kompany started speaking about him when he was in the national team for Belgium, how good he was in that period. Vincent, as always, he was right.”
It remains to be seen whether Liverpool table a formal offer for Tielemans – who is also reportedly considering signing a new contract at the King Power Stadium – but news that the current FA Cup holders have named their asking price will surely give the hierarchy hope that a deal can be done and that should make Klopp a very happy man.