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Manchester United are reportedly plotting a summer move for Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans after running into problems in their pursuits of Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips. United are desperate to sign a world-class midfielder in the summer transfer window and believe Tielemans could fit the bill.

Supporters have long believed that United need to sign a defensively-minded midfielder to take them to the next level.

While Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane arrived before the 2021/22 season to strengthen the squad, midfield was neglected.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick have been forced to use Fred, Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba in holding midfield this season.

With Pogba out of contract in July, the need for new blood in the middle of the park is plain to see – and according to the Daily Star, it could be Tielemans who comes from the door this summer.

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That has led the Old Trafford recruitment team to look at Tielemans, who is considered to be a much more attainable target at the end of the season.

The Belgian international only has 16 months left on his Leicester contract and is believed to be keen to play Champions League football.

Leicester’s form has dipped dramatically recently, culminating in Sunday’s 4-1 FA Cup defeat by Nottingham Forest, and United therefore believe Tielemans would be open to a transfer.

United have a good relationship with Leicester following the £80m sale of Harry Maguire in August 2019 and think Tielemans could be signed for £40m.

The 24-year-old central midfielder netted the winner in last season’s FA Cup final and has 17 goals and 16 assists in 104 Premier League appearances for the Foxes.

He is vastly experienced at international level, having won 47 Belgium caps and helped Roberto Martinez’s side reach the World Cup semi-finals in 2018.

Tielemans has been a regular for Brendan Rodgers’ side so far this season, chipping in with six goals and three assists in 26 games across all competitions.

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