Leicester City ace Youri Tielemans is a man in demand in the transfer market as he will be available for a free transfer in the summer. Indeed, the 25-year-old’s contract with the Foxes expires at the end of the season leading to interest from several clubs, including Real Madrid and Barcelona.
It is no secret that Real Madrid have made Jude Bellingham their main target to strengthen the midfield department next summer. However, with competition for the Englishman increasing, Los Blancos are believed to have identified Tielemans as a potential Plan B.
But, according to SPORT, Leicester City are determined to keep hold of the Belgian international beyond the current season and are preparing a two-year contract offer to retain his services.
Tielemans has been with the Foxes since 2019 when he joined them from AS Monaco and has been a top performer for the club ever since. While he has had his ups and downs of late, the 25-year-old has shown good form in the current season.
Seen as an important part of the team, Leicester do not wish to see Tielemans leave at the club at the end of the season. To that end, they are readying a two-year contract proposal.
However, the report indicates that the former RSC Anderlecht ace is looking to move on from the King Power Stadium after spending more than three years at the club.
Real Madrid are interested in Tielemans but will face competition from FC Barcelona, who are also hoping to land the Belgian international on a Bosman deal.
With Luka Modric in the final phase of his career, Toni Kroos’ future uncertain and Dani Ceballos unlikely to be renewed, Real Madrid could use a new midfielder. Whether it will be Bellingham they sign or are forced to look at alternatives like Tielemans remains to be seen.
Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla
Real Madrid are set to play hosts to Sevilla this evening, in what could prove to be a critical match in the context of the title race.
Although Los Blancos hold a formidable lead at the top of the table, the club are coming on the back of a disappointing result against Rayo Vallecano.
Dropping more points against Sevilla tonight could prove to be costly, especially with Barcelona and Girona breathing down their necks.
Potential Real Madrid lineup vs Sevilla
As Real Madrid approach this crucial game, coach Carlo Ancelotti has to make several arrangements, especially with so many players ruled out either due to injury or suspension.
Starting from the goalkeeper position, Thibaut Courtois remains out, which means Andriy Lunin should continue in between the sticks, ahead of the unhappy Kepa Arrizabalaga.
In the right-back position, Ancelotti is likely to opt for Lucas Vazquez, as Dani Carvajal is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the last game.
On a bright note, though, Antonio Rudiger is back and should return to central defence. He will be accompanied by Nacho Fernandez at the heart of Real Madrid’s four-man backline.
Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.
Moving into midfield, Eduardo Camavinga has been ruled out due to suspension. However, Ancelotti does have a myriad of options in the middle of the park.
Aurelien Tchouameni should continue to operate in the number six position, just behind the two interior midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.
Luka Modric is an option on the bench, should Ancelotti require more experience in the middle.
As for the attack, the Real Madrid frontline should be led by Brahim Diaz once again, even though he faces fierce competition from Joselu.
Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, on the other hand, are guaranteed choices in the wide attacking spaces, though Ancelotti does have Arda Guler and Alvaro Rodriguez as potential alternatives.