Manchester United have been linked with a move for Youri Tielemans as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to strengthen his first-team squad even further.
Despite bringing in several high-profile signings over the summer, United were heavily linked with multiple central midfielders as their Norwegian boss aims to bolster his engine room options.
The likes of Eduardo Camavinga and Saul Niguez were believed to be top of the Old Trafford outfit’s wishlist, but they sealed moves to Real Madrid and Chelsea respectively, leaving Solskjaer searching for alternative options.
And now, the well-known journalist and transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has provided an update on United’s search for a new midfielder, claiming Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans is a top target.
“I am told that he is on many top clubs’ list. Real Madrid have his name in mind for the future, Barcelona the same,” Romano revealed on his YouTube channel (as relayed by the Leicester Mercury).
“In England, many clubs are interested. Manchester United have to decide on Paul Pogba, but Tielemans is one to watch for the future for Manchester United.
“Leicester are very good in their strategy. They said no over James Maddison and said no for Tielemans. They always protect their best players. It will not be easy to sign him because Leicester will put a big price on this player,” he concluded.
Tielemans has established himself as one of the best young players in the Premier League in recent campaigns, scoring 18 goals and laying on a further 19 assists in 112 appearances for the Foxes, securing the FA Cup and Community Shield along the way.
However, after entering the final two years of his current contract at the King Power Stadium, there’s been much speculation over the Belgian international’s future.
Liverpool were thought to be interested in securing his services over the summer, although no formal offer materialised, and now a selection of European football’s heavyweights appear to have moved to the front of the queue for the technically gifted maestro.
With Pogba potentially leaving United on a free transfer next year, news that Tielemans could be his replacement will surely leave the club’s supporters buzzing with excitement.
Although the Frenchman’s departure would be a huge blow, replacing him with a proven Premier League talent who has his prime years ahead of him would certainly soften the blow.