·27 January 2023
·27 January 2023
Ben Jacobs is reporting that Man Utd are “ones to watch” regarding interest in Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans before the transfer window closes.
Tielemans has been a key player for Leicester over the past few seasons and he scored the winning goal for them in the 2021 FA Cup final.
He was initially expected to leave the club last summer as he entered the final year of his contract at The King Power Stadium. The Foxes valued him at around £30m at that time.
Leicester managed to keep hold of him, despite Arsenal being linked with him throughout the transfer window.
Tielemans has reportedly indicated that he has no intention to extend his deal at Leicester so he is set to leave in the summer at the latest.
The possibility of the Belgium international leaving Leicester this month has not been discussed too much. But a transfer could be on the agenda in the final days of the window if clubs panic in response to player injuries.
Man Utd have also been linked with Tielemans over the past year. They have made one signing this month as they have brought Wout Weghorst in on loan from Burnley.
Jacobs is reporting that United are now interested in “creative-minded players” more than a striker at this current time.
He adds that Man Utd are “ones to watch” with Tielemans and that “clubs will have their heads turned” if anyone bids for him this month.
“I think we shouldn’t only be referring to a late Manchester United movement in terms of strikers,” Jacobs told The Football Terrace (via The Boot Room).
“From what I hear it’s more creative-minded players that can either get box to box from attacking midfield, or in central areas, or are a little more versatile across the front areas.
“Therefore keep an eye on a player like Youri Tielemans who will be available on a free transfer in the summer.
“The expectation is that Leicester are going to try and hang on to Tielemans, they are not going to accept any financial offers now, because it’s more valuable to the football club to lose him on a free but have Tielemans help keep Leicester up.
“We know Arsenal could be in the mix for a midfielder, especially with [Mohamed Elneny] injured and I’m still waiting to see if a Manchester United, less likely a Newcastle, possibly Arsenal choose to speed up the strategy on Tielemans and due to the need to put something down.
“I guarantee you as soon as anyone puts an offer down for Tielemans other clubs will have their heads turned and Manchester United are ones to watch in that capacity.”
A separate report from Dean Jones has noted that Tielemans and Ruben Neves are still on “Arsenal’s list”.
“Players like Youri Tielemans or Ruben Neves are still players I’d consider to be on Arsenal’s list,” Jones told Give Me Sport.
“They’re players we should probably look out for in this window or at the end of the season.”
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