A move to the Premier League beckons, but where should Youri Tielemans go?

A man in demand

We're expecting some big money transfers to be completed this summer and one which looks a certainty is that of Youri Tielemans to the Premier League.

The Belgium international has always had a reputation as one of the brightest young talents in the game and a loan spell at Leicester City last term re-enforced that, with him proving to be one of the signings of the season.

The 22 year-olds short term spell with the Foxes didn't include an option to buy, so his superb performances have really raised his profile and price tag.

Parent club Monaco have made massive money over the last few years by selling off their prized assets and they'll be desperate to get a big fee, especially after shelling out €25m to sign him from Anderlecht back in 2017.

Everyone at Leicester City is desperate to get this deal over the line and if they can do so, it will easily eclipse the £28m paid to Sporting Lisbon back in 2016 for Islam Slimani.

But it looks like they're going to be involved in a bidding war if they are to land their man, with Manchester United and Champions League finalists Tottenham also credited with an interest in him. So the Foxes certainly have a job on their hands in tempting him to move back to the King Power Stadium.

He has a big decision to make this summer but were should he go? We've taken a look at his options...

Leicester City - 8/11 @ SkyBet

The current favourites to secure his signature are Leicester City, a club he knows exceptionally well following his short loan spell last season.

The Foxes will be trying to push on and reduce the gap between themselves and the top six next season and signing the Belgian will certainly aid their cause.

Leicester have one of the best squads outside the big six and in Brendan Rodgers they have a manager who's not afraid to throw in young players and give them opportunities. Which is perfect for the Foxes, as they have a crop of very exciting young players on their books.

James Maddison, Ben Chilwell, Wilfred N'Didi and Hamza Choudbury have all impressed over the last 12 months and adding Tielemans to that list for the upcoming campaign would be a massive statement.

Rodgers seems like the perfect manager to help him this his game to the next level too. We've all seen a huge improvement in several foxes players and he has a great track record of this at his former clubs, just look at Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho from his time at Liverpool, along with Kieran Tierney at Celtic.

Brendan Rodgers Liverpool Leicester City Celtic
Brendan Rodgers' immediate impact at Leicester City has got the fans naturally excited for the new season

His brand of attacking football is kinda similar to that of Manchester City, playing with two 'false 8s' which allowed Tielemans and Maddison to go on and support Jamie Vardy in attack, whilst N'Didi mops up behind them.

Five wins in their final nine games of the season prove that they adapted quickly to their new boss' philosophy and we predict big things for them next year, especially if they can convince the Belgian to stay.

Big clubs are coming in for him and it would be very difficult to say no to them. But for the sake of minutes on the pitch and his development, we think that Leicester City is the ideal destination.

Rodgers' track record with youngsters, the way they ended last season and his strong relationship with the players & fans make this a fantastic match-up and it would be one of the deals of the summer if they could pull it off.

Tottenham - 4/1 @ SkyBet

Currently second favourites to secure Tielemans' signature are Champions League finalists Tottenham Hotspur, who're expected to be active this summer.

The North Londoners haven't signed anyone in either of the previous two transfer windows but after the windfall of their run in Europe and move into their new stadium, money will be available to Mauricio Pochettino.

There's a few areas that they're looking to strengthen but one that he's expected to look at is central midfield, where they look a little light after losing Mousa Dembele in January.

They're yet to replace the combative Belgian and their linked with a move Tielemans to fill the void left by him, which would be a fantastic move.

They both possess similar characteristics with them both superb box-to-box midfielders, defensively capable, dangerous in attack and able to dribble with the ball at will. Dembele's powerful runs became something of a trademark during his time at Spurs and his compatriot is also difficult to stop with the ball at his feet.

Mauricio Pochettino Tottenham Hotspur Spurs
Mauricio Pochettino is expected to be a busy man this summer

Signing Tielemans would add power & creativity to the Spurs engine room and he'd compliment the likes of Harry Winks, Eric Dier and Moussa Sissoko nicely. But one concern would be the amount of minutes that he'd get. If Pochettino was to shell out big money on him you'd expect him to start regularly but competition for places is fierce at Spurs, meaning he may have to settle for time on the bench on occasion.

But on the flip side, just like at Leicester he'd be working under a magnificent coach in Poch. The Argentine has improved the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Son Heung-Min and Sissoko to massive levels and just imagine what he could get out of Tielemans should he move to Tottenham.

Priced up at 4/1, it's not massively fancied by many but its a move that makes sense and if he did choose North London over Leicester, it could see him take his game to new heights.

Manchester United - 7/1 @ SkyBet

Linked with pretty much every player under the sun, Manchester United are another club that've been credited with a strong interest in signing Youri Tielemans.

The Red Devils are in the market for a variety of positions after enduring a shambolic 2018/19 campaign which saw them fall down into sixth position, meaning that there'll be no Champions League football at Old Trafford next season.

Manchester United have been and always will be one of the toughest clubs to turn down when they come calling, but they're currently in their worst state for a very long time.

A massive clear out in playing staff is expected this summer, along with plenty of new faces so it's going to be interesting to see how they fare next term. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made it clear that he wants the club to have a fresh approach when it comes to their transfer strategy, looking to bring in younger, hungry players who fit his system rather than big names. Tielemans would certainly fit the bill.

Tactically versatile with bags of potential, he looks like an ideal signing for the new era at Old Trafford and it'd go down very well with the fans.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a massive budget to get United firing again next season

Talisman Paul Pogba is rumoured to be departing the club this summer and Tielemans would certainly be a suitable replacement for him and he's proven in the Premier League.

But seeing all the issues going on at United and the severed relationship between the fans and the club itself, is it really the move it once was?

A few seasons ago he would've ripped United's hands off to join but now we honestly think he's better severed joining Leicester. There he's guaranteed to start, he'll be working under a manager who has a fantastic track record of improving youngsters and will be walking into a happy dressing room.

But on the flip side United will be able to offer him a mammoth contract and pay any fee Monaco want, so it certainly has the potential to happen for sure.

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