Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that the club are moving forward with their plans to sign on-loan midfielder Youri Tielemans in a permanent deal worth a reported £40m, despite rumours of interest from teams such as Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur
The Belgium international has been in great form since joining from Monaco in January and his performances have drawn the eye of the biggest sides in the division.
While speaking to The Sun, Rodgers revealed that his new club are working on completing the transfer as soon as possible.
The former Celtic boss said: “The work is ongoing and conversations with Monaco are taking place. There are a lot of good people behind the scenes who are continuing the work.
The more man of the match performances Youri Tielemans puts in, the more chance he will sign for a top European club in the Champions League.— Johnny Buckley (@Johnny_Buckley) March 30, 2019
Be very surprised if he’s at the King Power next season. #lcfc
“It is an important one for us because we want to strengthen in the summer.”
However, while he's appearing to be enjoying his time at the King Power Stadium, the opportunity to play for either United
Tielemans started both games for Belgium over the international break and bagged his first goal for his country when he opened the scoring in their 3-1 win over Russia.
Leicester will be hoping that a strong end to the season will help persuade the youngster to stay at the club for the long term, with Rodgers looking to build a side capable of challenging for European competition next season.
The £40m price tag would smash the Foxes' transfer record, previously set by the £30m they paid for Islam Slimani in 2016. However, Monaco have Foxes midfielder Adrien Silva on loan at the moment and, by allowing him to join them permanently, Leicester would look to reclaim £16-20m of the fee they could be set to pay the French side.