For the first summer since winning the Premier League title in 2016, Leicester City resisted offers for every one of their star players.
Reports linking James Maddison to Arsenal never took off while Harvey Barnes signed a new long-term deal just as speculation regarding a potential move to Liverpool started to rear its ugly head.
Leicester, you see, are desperate to shed that ‘selling club’ tag. And what better way to do so than by keeping your best players out of the clutches of your Premier League rivals?
In theory, the idea is a sound one. In practice, however, it may be easier said than done.
Because while Wilfred Ndidi, James Justin, Wesley Fofana, Kelechi Iheanacho, Timothy Castagne and Maddison are all tied down for the long haul, the same can’t be said of Youri Tielemans.
Could Youri Tielemans leave Leicester for Liverpool in January?
The brilliant Belgian has less than two years remaining on his deal.
And while two years is a long time in football, it means Leicester only have two transfer windows remaining if they want to extract maximum value from a man who set them back a cool £40 million in July 2019.
“There’s no update really. I’m open to everything. The transfer market has just closed but I want to keep as many options as I can open,” the former Monaco benchwarmer said, somehow managing to say so much while saying so little (Sky Sports).
“As long as I’m here, I will give everything for the club. I’ve already done so, but I will do so even more. The contract situation is just something that is going on in football, it’s a normal situation.
“There are talks going on. I’m not saying I’m going to sign, I’m not saying I’m not going to sign. We will see.”
If Tielemans thought his comments would bring an end to the speculation surrounding his future – Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are big fans according to The Telegraph while Fabrizio Romano has linked Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid – he was very much mistaken.
For many Leicester supporters on Twitter, this feels like the beginning of a long, drawn out goodbye: