Leicester City are prepared to sell Dennis Praet if the midfielder submits a transfer request, but will not let Liverpool sign Jurgen Klopp target Youri Tielemans, per Het Laatste Nieuws.
Tielemans has returned to the East Midlands to begin pre-season training after competing at Euro 2020 with Belgium. The Foxes now hope his return will allow them to strike a quick agreement over a new contract, after talks stopped during the European Championship.
Leicester were ready to offer Tielemans a bumper new deal to extend his stay at the King Power Stadium. The Telegraph reported in May that terms were close, but pen is yet to hit paper. Nieuwsblad also noted Tielemans, valued at €70m (£60m), was in no rush to sign.
Liverpool are very attentive to Tielemans’ situation at Leicester, as Klopp is a big admirer of the 24-year-old, per The Telegraph. However, the Reds accept a transfer will be tough this summer as they cannot afford the Foxes’ valuation.
HLN also add Brendan Rodgers will not let Tielemans leave for his former Anfield outfit. The Leicester boss considers his £33,000-per-week maestro to be unsellable, which is not the case for Praet.
Klopp would be better positioned for Liverpool to secure a deal in 2022 when Tielemans is in the final year of his current Leicester contract. That is providing he does not agree to a new deal at the King power Stadium, where he has played since 2019 after a £40m move.
Leicester will let Praet go, but Liverpool target Tielemans is staying
While Rodgers will not let Liverpool sign Tielemans this summer, Leicester are prepared to allow Praet to leave. HLN add the Foxes will not stand in the Belgian’s way if he submits a transfer request and they receive a good offer.
Leicester paid Sampdoria £18m for Praet in 2019 but he struggled to feature regular under Rodgers last season. The Sun now report he may quit the East Midlands side if they cannot offer him assurances over his minutes.
The 27-year-old featured 24 times last term but only started 15 games. He also only played twice in nine Premier League fixtures after returning from a hamstring injury in April. Rodgers instead left him on the bench for the final six games and could now part ways.