Youri Tielemans reportedly wants Manchester United move
Manchester United are curiously laid back in pursuit of midfield signings at present.
In a week where Tanguy Ndombele joined one Premier League rival, United are at risk of missing out on Youri Tielemans too.
United have not yet bid for the Belgian, who impressed on loan at Leicester last season.
This has put Leicester in pole position to sign him, even though the midfielder is said to be keen on a potential United switch.
Belgian football expert Kristoff Terreur told Sky Sports that Tielemans would prefer to move to United if a move presents itself.
Terreur adds that United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is also an admirer.
He said: “If a club like Man Utd comes in where you can play European football, which is always very important for continental players, they can offer him that so he might rethink. He knows that Solskjaer rates him so he feels that the manager likes him.”
Terreur adds that Tielemans is worried that moving to Leicester could leave him stuck there, with the club demanding a huge fee for Harry Maguire.
Monaco want between £40 million and £50 million for Tielemans.
OK, so why aren’t United moving?
If Solskjaer likes Tielemans, and Tielemans likes United, that leaves one man culpable for inaction: Ed Woodward.
Tielemans scored three goals and provided four assists last season in 13 Premier League games on loan.
The Independent reported last month United are keen on Tielemans. However only as a Paul Pogba replacement.
Even if Pogba stays this year, his long-term commitment to United is unclear. It would make sense to sign Tielemans while we can.
The Telegraph reported this week that United are focusing on one transfer at a time this summer. The current priority is Sean Longstaff.
While Longstaff has appealing attributes, it is odd that he is the current top priority especially when there does not appear to be competition for his signature.
The longer United wait for Youri Tielemans, the more chance there is that Leicester will talk him into a deal.
Missing out on the 22-year-old could be a big error. Let’s hope the board sees sense and puts a bid in.