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Ranking the favourites to sign Youri Tielemans this summer

Youri Tielemans has featured regularly amongst the transfer talk in recent months, with the midfielder’s performances for Leicester having attracted attention from Europe’s elite.

Tielemans has been a central figure to the Foxes’ successes in recent seasons, as Brendan Rodgers side have contested for Champions League qualification and won silverware in the form last season’s FA Cup.

The Belgium international’s stunning strike sealed a maiden FA Cup success at Wembley in May and Leicester now reportedly face a fight to retain his services as transfer season kicks off and clubs circle the highly-rated midfielder.

 

So for those of you interested in the best betting sites like 1xBet, we’ve decided to look at how the bookmakers view the player’s future,

Here are the favourites to sign Youri Tielemans.

Chelsea – 14/1

Chelsea have been priced at 14/1 odds to sign Tielemans this summer, having been on the receiving end of the midfielder’s stunning FA Cup final winner earlier this year.

Thomas Tuchel has a fine collection of midfielders available to him at Stamford Bridge at present, though the west London side have been linked strongly with West Ham’s Declan Rice.

Tielemans operated in a two-man defensive pivot at Leicester for much of the 2020/21 season, where his ability to pass through lines shone in a deeper role for the Foxes.

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Tielemans bettered Rice for forward passes, tackles made and ground duels won per 90 minutes in the Premier League last season, whilst his average assists and chances created per 90 were better than both the West Ham man and Chelsea midfield trio N’Golo Kante, Matteo Kovacic and Jorginho.

Chelsea have also regularly looked to Leicester for signings in recent seasons, having secured Kante, Danny Drinkwater and Ben Chilwell for significant fees over the past five campaigns.

Real Madrid – 12/1

Tentatively linked with Real Madrid over the past 12 months, Tielemans’ performances are understood to have won admirers in Spain as Los Blancos consider long-term replacements for Toni Kroos.

Both Kroos and Luka Modric remain class acts, but an ageing side is in need of a refresh after relinquishing the La Liga title to Atletico Madrid and being overran in the Champions League semi-finals against Chelsea.

Tielemans’ multi-faceted talents could make him the perfect foil for that aforementioned duo and Casemiro, with the Belgium international comfortable in a variety of central roles.

The return of loanees Dani Ceballos and Martin Odegaard from Arsenal perhaps lessens Madrid’s need to address their midfield this summer, whilst the club’s current financial issues means a big-money bid seems unlikely.

Arsenal – 12/1

Arsenal have also been ranked as 12/1 odds to sign Tielemans from Leicester, with Mikel Arteta looking for reinforcements to overhaul his side’s engine room.

The returns of Ceballos and Odegaard to Real Madrid, in addition to the expected departure of Granit Xhaka, has left Arsenal short of options in central areas with the Gunners in need of a partner to Thomas Partey.

Albert Sambi Lokonga has arrived from Anderlecht, but the youngster will need time to adjust to the demands of the Premier League and a significant step up in quality from Belgium’s top tier.

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Arsenal have been linked with Wolves’ midfielder Ruben Neves, though Tielemans offers an interesting alternative to the Portugal international, with both players appearing fine fits alongside the aforementioned Partey.

However, Arsenal’s lack of European football makes tempting Tielemans to the capital appear difficult at present.

Liverpool – 11/4

Liverpool are the favourites to sign Tielemans from Leicester as the Reds seek a replacement for Georgino Wijnaldum, the Netherlands international having signed for Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer.

Tielemans would represent a Premier League proven replacement for the Dutchman, whilst the statistics weigh favourably in favour of signing the 24-year-old with Tielemans bettering Wijnaldum for ball recoveries, passes attempted, tackles made, take-ons completed and interceptions per 90 minutes in the Premier League in 2020/21.

His diligence in possession ranks lower than the PSG new-boy, but Tielemans greater willingness to operate on the front foot is evidence by almost double Wijnaldum’s number of forward passes per 90 minutes (20.5 compared to 10.4).

Liverpool’s recruitment has been slow at present with only Ibrahima Konate having arrived so far this summer, the Reds’ finances restricted at present and it remains to be seen whether the Merseysiders could finance a deal to prise Tielemans from the King Power Stadium.

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