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Manchester City target Leicester City loanee Tielemans

Youri Tielemans had a successful loan spell with Leicester City

Bengaluru, May 27: Premier League champions Manchester City have entered the race to sign £40million-rated Youri Tielemans.

The Monaco midfielder has starred on loan at Leicester in 2019 and the King Power top brass are desperate to seal a permanent deal.

But, Pep Guardiola was hugely impressed with Tielemans' performance in City’s narrow win over the Foxes at the Etihad earlier this month and has made him one of his top priorities for the summer.

The Manchester City boss even made a beeline for the 22-year-old midfielder on the pitch immediately after the final whistle.

Tielemans made 13 Premier League appearances for Leicester scoring three goals with four assists, forming an exciting midfield partnership with James Maddison.

The £23m switch from Anderlecht to the Ligue 1 side two years ago has gone sour, with his five-month stint in the Premier League reviving his career.

It has been reported that the Foxes have made contact with Belgian international’s representatives about a dream move to the champions.

Despite retaining the title, Guardiola is set to go again and add to his already star-studded squad this summer.

The future of Ilkay Gundogan is under a cloud with just one year left on his current deal with the German yet to agree to extend his stay at the club.

Manchester United are closely monitoring his situation too, as they look to replace out-of-contract Ander Herrera.

But their interest could be scuppered as the all-action midfielder is desperate to play Champions League football next term.

Arsenal and Tottenham are also in the mix for Tielemans' signature, with Monaco resigned to losing him in the summer transfer window.

Tielemans has another three years to run on his Monaco deal and with huge interest in their player, Monaco will hope to spark a summer bidding war for his services.

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Story first published: Monday, May 27, 2019, 12:35 [IST]
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