Belgium players who have represented Manchester United as Youri Tielemans interests Erik ten Hag
Manchester United are interested in signing Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans this summer, according to the Times.
Erik ten Hag has made improving the midfielder area a priority during his first transfer window at the club and it looks like Frenkie de Jong could be itching closer to becoming the first signing of the Ten Hag era.
With Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata all leaving as free agents when their contracts expire in the coming days, the former Ajax manager is keen to bring in reinforcements.
The 52-year-old looks to be closing in on a reunion with Barcelona midfielder De Jong who he managed during his trophy-filled tenure in Amsterdam.
While the Denmark international could decide to move to the Theatre of Dreams this summer, there is a chance that he could renew his contract with Thomas Frank’s Bees or sign a deal with another Premier League club.
Tielemans has one year left on his contract at the King Power Stadium and if United do miss out on Eriksen then interest in the 52-cap Belgian could intensify, if Ten Hag gives the green light for the club to step up our interest with a formal bid.
Like De Jong and Eriksen, the 25-year-old is a classy ball-playing midfield technician who would significantly bolster our options in the engine room.
The former Monaco man, who scored the goal to clinch the Foxes the 2021 FA Cup, has made 158 appearances for Brendan Rodgers’ side, scoring 24 goals and providing a further 24 assists.
Belgium players who have represented Manchester United
With Leicester’s number eight seemingly on Ten Hag’s radar, United in Focus takes a look at the Belgium players who have represented Manchester United.
After impressing at Everton, Manchester United splashed out £75m to bring Lukaku to Old Trafford in July 2017 when Jose Mourinho was in charge.
Belgium’s all-time top scorer netted 42 times in 96 matches for the Reds, but it was clear that he wasn’t the profile of striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted.
Inter Milan paid £74m to sign Lukaku in the summer of 2019, and while he won the Scudetto under the stewardship of Antonio Conte, the 29-year-old has struggled to replicate his impressive goalscoring form in Italy with either United or Chelsea.
After scoring eight Premier League goals for the Blues last season, following his £97.5m return to Stamford Bridge, United’s bold decision to part ways with the left-footed forward has been vindicated.
After being linked with a wealth of world-class stars, David Moyes’ first signing as manager of Manchester United saw him reunite with the gangly Belgian.
The all-action midfielder stayed at Old Trafford for five-and-a-half years before moving to China, and he made 177 appearances for the club, scoring 22 goals.
Louis van Gaal and Mourinho looked to utilise the Belgian’s physical and aerial prowess and United adopted a direct approach as a result.
Fellaini won the League Cup, Europa League and FA Cup during his time in Manchester.
The talented Belgian was named on the bench for Sir Alex Ferguson’s last game in charge of the Red Devils, and it was only a few months later that Januzaj burst onto the scene.
A brace at the Stadium of Light in a 2-1 win against Sunderland resulted in the wonderkid being tipped for stardom.
But the Manchester United Academy graduate failed to kick on and after a failed loan spell with Borussia Dortmund, Januzaj found himself out of favour under Van Gaal.
Mourinho shipped him out on loan to the Black Cats and he joined La Liga side Real Sociedad where he has spent the last five years.
But the 15-time Belgium international is set to be a free agent this summer, and with the world seemingly at his feet nine years ago, the 27-year-old has failed to fulfil his burgeoning potential.
The seven-time former Belgium Under-21 international made two first team appearances for Manchester United, the last of which came in the embarrassing 4-0 hammering against MK Dons under Van Gaal in the League Cup.
The 30-year-old, who has played for Sheffield Wednesday and Preston North End, is currently playing for Thes Sport back in his homeland.
Ritchie De Laet
The two-time Belgium international made six appearances for the United first team and he made 12 Premier League appearances during Leicester’s 2015-16 title triumph.
De Laet, who made 129 appearances for the Foxes, also had a spell with Aston Villa and the 33-year-old is currently playing for Royal Antwerp.
The talented forward only made one cameo first team appearance for Manchester United and that came in the Europa League against Kazakhstan side Astana.
The former Charlton Athletic youngster who impressed as he progressed through the United youth ranks opted against renewing his contract with the Reds and instead joined Spanish side Almeria to pursue first team football.
Alongside former Red Arnau Puigmal, the pair clinched promotion to La Liga after winning last season’s La Liga Smartbank title.