Leicester are said to be confident of keeping Youri Tielemans at the club and will demand a ‘huge transfer fee’ for the midfielder amid reported interest from Liverpool.
Tielemans has been linked with Liverpool as a potential replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum, the Netherlands international having signed for Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer following the expiry of his contract at Anfield.
Leicester are keen to keep the 24-year-old – who was named as the Foxes’ Players’ Player of the Season in 2020/21 – at the club however, and have offered Tielemans a new long-term deal in a bid to convince the Belgium international to commit his future.
According to the Telegraph, it would take a ‘huge’ bid for Leicester to contemplate selling the midfielder during the current transfer window as Brendan Rodgers rebuilds his side ahead of another challenge for Champions League qualification.
Leicester have moved swiftly to strengthen their options this summer with the signings of Patson Daka and Boubakary Soumare, whilst Ryan Bertrand is also expected to arrive on a free transfer from Southampton.
Liverpool are understood to be considering a host of midfielders at present and are admirers of Tielemans, though the Belgian is not reported to be a summer target for the Reds whose priorities in the window are believed to be the signing of an additional forward.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have also been linked with a move for wantaway Atletico Madrid star Saul Niguez, who is also reported to have attracted interest from Manchester United and Chelsea this summer.
However, the Guardian are reporting that Barcelona are in advanced negotiations over a part-exchange deal for the Spain international, with Antoine Griezmann set to return to former club Atletico as part of the arrangement.