La Liga champions Real Madrid are reportedly closely monitoring the situation of 25-year-old Belgian playmaker Youri Tielemans at Leicester City.
According to a report by Spanish outlet Defensa Central, Youri Tielemans is the subject of interest from Real Madrid over a possible Bosman move in the 2023 summer transfer window. The Merengues are closely monitoring the situation of the 25-year-old playmaker at Premier League club Leicester City.
Youri Tielemans has established himself as one of the best playmakers in the Premier League since joining Leicester City from AS Monaco. The Foxes initially signed the Belgian international on a loan deal for the second half of the 2018/19 season before completing a permanent transfer in July 2019.
The 25-year-old has turned out 157 times for Leicester City, chipping in with 24 goals and 24 assists in the process. But Tielemans’s contract situation has left the Foxes in a spot of bother, as his current deal will run out next year. Such a situation has captured the attention of several European bigwigs, including Real Madrid.
Real Madrid had initially thought about signing Tielemans in the summer transfer window this year. But Carlo Ancelotti has plenty of midfield resources at his disposal following the arrival of Aurelien Tchouameni from AS Monaco in a €100 million deal.
Tchouameni’s signing has left Ancelotti with seven recognised central midfield candidates available to him, thus alleviating the need for Real Madrid to invest in a playmaker. With Luka Modric signing a one-year extension to his contract, Los Blancos can concentrate on bolstering their midfield unit next year.
Tielemans has thus emerged as a viable target over a Bosman move in the 2023 summer transfer window. With Modric and Toni Kroos in the twilight of their respective careers, Real Madrid will need to lay down a succession plan for the duo. And the 25-year-old could create a long-term midfield core with Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga and Federico Valverde.
Real Madrid might also have a clear run at Tchouameni as Arsenal recently cooled interest in the Leicester City playmaker. The Premier League heavyweights were the only club seriously pursuing a move for the 25-year-old, meaning he could remain at the King Power Stadium for another season.