Leicester Sign Youri Tielemans in £40m Deal

Martin Green

Monday, July 8, 2019 8:31 PM UTC

Monday, Jul. 8, 2019 8:31 PM UTC

The Foxes have pulled off a transfer coup!
<div><p>Leicester have won the battle to sign Belgium international midfielder Youri Tielemans after forking out a club record £40 million. The 22-year-old playmaker joined the Foxes on loan from struggling Monaco during the second half of last season and he delivered some eye-catching performances. Tielemans managed three goals and four assists in 13 appearances and impressed many commentators with his composure and flair. Man Utd were among the clubs reportedly interested in signing him, but Leicester acted decisively to land him on a permanent deal. He has signed a four-year contract, and manager Brendan Rodgers called it an exciting time for the club.</p><p>“I believe that we have the talent in our squad to achieve something special and for any player, that's an exciting thing to be a part of,” said Tielemans, who won the Belgian First Division A with Anderlecht before joining Monaco in a €25 million deal in 2017. He joins an exciting midfield that also features the mercurial James Maddison and workhorse Wilfred Ndidi. It suggests that Leicester are building a team capable of challenging for a European place next season.</p><h2>Can Leicester Finish Seventh?</h2><p>The Foxes finished ninth in 2018/19, but they looked a lot more impressive after luring Rodgers away from Celtic as Claude Puel’s replacement. They face stern competition from the likes of Everton, Wolves and West Ham to secure seventh place, but they look well priced to pull it off at 4/1 (5.0) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=acd6b93a-905e-45af-90ef-7eb1df661829&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Coral">Coral</a> in the “Without the Big Six” market. Everton and Wolves, who were eighth and seventh respectively last season, are priced at 10/3 (4.33), while the Hammers are out at 10/1 (11.0). Of that bunch, Leicester arguably have the most stable and interesting side.</p><p>They claimed the unlikeliest of title triumphs back in 2015, and several of those stars remain. Jamie Vardy is still dangerous up front, and Kasper Schmeichel is a solid goalkeeper, while they have brought in good players like Ndidi, Jonny Evans and Maddison. With Tielemans arrival confirmed, fans will feel as though their team can challenge for seventh. They are still reeling from the tragic death of owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and the players will be keen to honour his memory with some strong performances on the pitch next season.</p><h2>Slab Head Could Be Heading to Manchester</h2><p>Yet one worry for Foxes fans is the future of star defender Harry Maguire, who has been a rock at the back since joining from Hull in a £17 million deal in 2017. He has since established himself as an England international and one of the Premier League’s finest central defenders, and that has alerted the big clubs. Maguire has been at the heart of a transfer tug of war between the Manchester clubs this summer, and Man Utd appear to be winning a close battle for his signature. They are priced at evens (2.0) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=153&amp;a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Betfair">Betfair</a> to sign him this summer, while champions Man City are 6/4 (2.50), and Leicester look as though they will need to go shopping for a new centre-back.</p></div>
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