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Spurs could eye late Youri Tielemans swoop

Tottenham Hotspur could make a late move for Youri Tielemans this summer transfer window…

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According to reliable journalist Paul Brown, the north Londoners hold an interest in the Leicester City midfielder and have done for quite some time.


“I think he’s someone that Spurs have looked at for quite a long time and that he might be a better fit than someone like [James] Maddison in the system.

“[Antonio] Conte has done quite a lot of retooling in attack and midfield, but I think he has some of the kind of qualities that would fit at Spurs.

“He has a good passing range and I think he’d get involved and be a good signing for them. But I think that would be the only other signing they make. They’d have to spend the rest of their budget to get him I think.”

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Tielemans would be seventh heaven

Given that Spurs are reportedly in the market for a creative presence in midfield, Tielemans would be an intriguing addition as their seventh – and potentially final – signing of the summer.

Whilst he isn’t a recognised no.10 like a James Maddison or a Christian Eriksen, the Belgian can certainly add goals and assists from a deep-lying midfield role as he has done regularly throughout his time in the Premier League.

Last season, the 25-year-old was a regular presence in the Foxes’ engine room, where he provided seven goals and five assists across 50 appearances in all competitions, including the Europa League and Europa Conference League.

That feat took his tally for the club to 48 goal contributions across 158 appearances, meaning he has scored or assisted every 271 minutes in a Leicester shirt, as per Transfermarkt – not bad for someone largely playing as a no.8 or no.6.

The Athletic’s Rob Tanner has even deemed him to be the “creator” of Brenden Rodgers’ side at times, whilst talent scout Jacek Kulig once dubbed him an “outrageous talent,” with ex-Sweden midfielder Par Zetterberg also describing him as a “phenomenon.”

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It’s easy to see why he’s received such high praise, given his consistency to deliver ever since his £40m move to the King Power Stadium back in 2019.

Just as Brown suggests, Tielemans has a lot of qualities that would fit Spurs – and particularly manager Antonio Conte and his system – so it would make sense for sporting director Fabio Paratici to launch a late bid for the roaming Foxes playmaker.

The Midlands outfit are yet to make a signing themselves this summer and reportedly need to sell before they can do much business. Tielemans is one player that could go for as little as £25m, so Spurs would be foolish to not pay that this summer.

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