Liverpool will reportedly not sign Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans this summer, with his price tag deemed too expensive.
The Lowdown: Liverpool keen on Tielemans
Liverpool have been continually linked with a move for Tielemans, potentially seeing him as an ideal replacement for Gini Wijnaldum.
The Latest: Reds no longer interested
However, the Liverpool Echo has reported of a significant update on the transfer link, claiming that the deal won’t go through this summer.
The ‘sheer enormity’ of Tielemans’ price tag is seen as the key reason for any possible move falling through, with Leicester wanting around £60m for his services, and it now seems likely that Jurgen Klopp will look at alternatives in the middle of the park as the new Premier League season approaches.
The Verdict: Right decision by Liverpool
Tielemans is a superb player with many strong attributes – Emile Heskey has hailed him as ‘fantastic’, while he scored as many league goals last season as all of Liverpool’s midfielders combined, while only Thiago won more tackles per game among Klopp’s squad in 2020/21 than the Belgian did for Leicester.
However, Liverpool are wise not to spend £60m on the 24-year-old. There could be cheaper options available who would be just as effective, allowing more funds to be available to spend across other areas of the pitch, such as attack.
Someone like Florian Neuhaus could cost less, for example, with the Borussia Monchengladbach man valued at £31.5m by Transfermarkt.
In other news, some Liverpool fans are delighted after a key update by journalist Fabrizio Romano. Read more here.
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