Leicester City star Youri Tielemans has refused to rule out a move to Liverpool this summer.
The midfielder enjoyed a fine season in 2020/21 for the Foxes as they just missed out on Champions League qualification.
He is currently in Belgium’s camp for Euro 2020. He played the full 90 minutes in their opening game against Russia on Saturday, helping the Red Devils to a comfortable 3-0 win.
His fine performances have seen him being linked to Liverpool in recent months.
However, speaking in a press conference on Monday, Tielemans refused to be drawn into speculation about his future.
When asked about the possibility of leaving Leicester this summer, he said: “I don’t think about it. I am focusing on the Euros. I don’t listen to transfer rumours.
“No matter how much I am valued, it doesn’t change anything for me. I just want to make the best Euros I can.”
Interestingly, Tielemans was then directly asked about the possibility of him replacing Gini Wijnaldum at Liverpool.
He responded: “That’s really none of my business right now.
“Let the journalists speak. They undoubtedly have a lot to do with that. But I don’t care about all that.
“All I can do is make sure that I am as good as possible on the pitch.”
Tielemans comments quietly promising for Liverpool
Tielemans didn’t really give much away, despite being put under pressure with some very direct questions.
It is clear that his focus is on the Euros and his national team.
However, there is a positive – he didn’t rule out a move. Tielemans could have said “there is no way I am leaving” and it would have ended all speculation.
But he didn’t do this.
As we all know, Liverpool need a central midfielder now that Gini Wijnaldum has departed.
Belgian journalist Sven Claes reckons that he will cost around £55m. Yet knowing Leicester’s negotiation history, we here at RTK feel like it could be a lot more.
It is very possible that the Reds could sign someone of similar quality for a lot cheaper.
However, if Jurgen Klopp and Michael Edwards do decide to go all out for Tielemans, he will likely be a big success for Liverpool.
It is now obvious that the player could be open to a move.