Barcelona face competition from Real Madrid in Youri Tielemans transfer chase
By Mudeet Arora
Spanish giants FC Barcelona are reportedly keeping an eye on Leicester City star Youri Tielemans for the upcoming summer transfer window.
The Blaugrana, however, aren't alone in the chase for the Belgian midfield maestro.
As reported by Spanish outlet Fichajes, Tielemans is going to be in high demand this summer with Barcelona's rivals Real Madrid and Premier League side Arsenal trying to sign him.
The Belgian, valued at around €40 million has been mercurial for Leicester City, more so this season.
The report states that interest from Barcelona has cropped up amid uncertainties over Frenkie De Jong's future at the club.
The report addes that Barcelona could sell the Dutchman and get a much more cheaper replacement for him in the summer.
For Real Madrid, Tielemans satisfies a totally different, but essential need of theirs.
Los Blancos are reportedly beginning their succession planning for Luka Modric and Toni Kroos. They already have Casemiro and the report from Spain adds that Tielemans is their choice to succeed Modric at the club.
Speaking about interest from Arsenal, the Gunners lack the presence of an enforcer in midfield and could need dynamism in that area for next season.
In the past, Tielemans has been heavily linked with Manchester City and Liverpool too.