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Transfer News: Leicester to tie Tielemans to a new contract as interests arise

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Liverpool transfer round-up: Barcelona star Reds' 'No. 1 target', Youri Tielemans stalls

Leicester City are planning to tie Youri Tielemans to a new long-term deal, according to Italian outlet Calciomercato. The Foxes will have to move quickly to sign the 24-year-old playmaker, as Barcelona and Liverpool are both interested in signing him in the summer transfer window.

Tielemans joined Leicester City in January 2019 from AS Monaco and has since established himself as one of the best midfielders in the Premier League. The Belgian international was initially signed on loan by the Foxes, but the transfer was made permanent the following summer, and he has since become an important part of Brendan Rodgers’ squad.

Tielemans has made 107 appearances for Leicester, scoring 17 goals and providing 19 assists. Indeed, his influence at the King Power Stadium has been so important that the former Premier League champions are eager to sign the 24-year-old playmaker to a new contract. Meanwhile, Barcelona and Liverpool are also interested in signing the player.

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Barcelona are in a time of transformation, which will begin this summer with a squad overhaul. With Riqui Puig struggling for playing time, Philippe Coutinho considered surplus to requirements, Miralem Pjanic failing to make an impact this season, and Sergio Busquets not getting any younger, the midfield is expected to be overhauled as part of the aforementioned overhaul.

To that end, the Blaugrana have been linked with a number of midfielders, including Jorginho, Ryan Gravenberch, and others, with Tielemans also a possibility. Liverpool, on the other hand, is on the lookout for a replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum, whose contract expires this summer.

With negotiations set to take place after the season, Leicester will expect to secure the 24-year-old midfielder’s long-term future. What remains to be seen is if Barcelona or Liverpool will be able to sway Tielemans’ opinion or whether he will remain at the King Power Stadium.

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Expert issues ‘shock’ verdict on Ricardo Pereira comeback date

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Expert issues 'shock' verdict on Ricardo Pereira comeback date

Despite a broken leg, Leicester City’s Ricardo Pereira might be out for as little as “six to eight weeks.”

According to Ben Dinnery, who operates the Premier Injuries website and has a background in medical and data analysis, this is the case.

In last Wednesday’s League Cup match at Anfield, Tyler Morton, 19, of Liverpool, avoided a red card for his rash challenge on Ricardo Pereira.

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As reported by The Sun last Sunday (26 December), Brendan Rodgers stated that Pereira had a “fractured fibula” as a result of the challenge.

It was the right-first back’s game back following a 12-match layoff due to a hamstring injury.

But, as Dinnery says, Pereira’s injury isn’t as serious as the average person may think.

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“We say broken leg and think it’s always long-term, but it shocks some people to know that’s not always true,” he told Football Insider‘s, Adam Williams.

“It’s a fractured fibula, so it’s non-weight-bearing. He isn’t exactly pain-free but on the scale of injuries, it isn’t too serious.

“There have been examples of players returning in four or five weeks. I would suggest in this instance that it is more likely to be six to eight weeks.

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“If we were looking at an ACL then it’s a significant amount of time on the sidelines, so he’ll be grateful it isn’t that.

“I’m not aware of any plans for surgery, so we can assume that it is non-displaced and doesn’t need any fixation.”

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To Lineker’s relief, Patson Daka can perfectly fill Vardy’s shoes

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Gary Lineker, like almost everybody else was worried that in Vardy’s absence, Leicester City would struggle to get goals and points. He admitted himself, “…before, without Vardy, you think: ‘Blimey, we are going to really struggle.”

But those worries are out through the window now, as Brendan Rodgers’ side seem to have found the right choice should Jaime run out of form or get injured. 23-year old Zambian, Patson Daka, sealed The Foxes’ win over Man United, then scored four times when his side thrashed Spartak Moscow in last week’s Europa League meet.

The Zambian is a needed relief for Gary, who now has less fears about his former team’s striking force. “…and it does look like they now have someone to line up as a replacement for Vardy,” Lineker said about Daka and Leicester.

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Gary praised Rodgers’ signings, terming certain players as great, and talents. “Generally, the recruitment has been just wonderful. According to the former England striker, one of Leicester’s latest signees, James Justin would have played for England had it not been for an injury.

Since getting back into the top flight League, then winning the title in 2015-2016, the Foxes have highly relied on Vardy as their main attacker, and his absence have most times landed the team in a tough sport.

But with such brilliant new signings, the 2021 FA Cup winners could be in for some great games and even trophies as they now have more options to choose from.

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Dennis Praet doesn’t know what he has that Brendan Rodgers doesn’t like

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Dennis Praet doesn’t know what he has that Brendan Rodgers doesn’t like

Former Sampdoria midfielder, Dennis Praet, recalls the great times he had at Leicester City and still can’t wrap his brains around what he did wrong to be sent away on loan. Apparently, the 27-year old likes England more than Italy, where he currently resides.

After a two-season time at Leicester where he thinks he performed well, the Belgian was loaned off to Torino for the 2021-2022 season, and he doesn’t think his form was bad enough to not play at Leicester.

Praet, who plays for the red-hot Belgium national team, says many people at the Premier League side Leicester City do not understand why he “disappeared” after last season. Well, he doesn’t know the reason either.

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The 2014 Belgian Golden shoe winner left Italian side Sampdoria for the EPL in 2019 and seemingly didn’t think he would be rejoining Serie A so soon, that too on loan.

“I must have something that Brendan Rodgers doesn’t like, but I don’t know what,” Praet lamented, obviously feeling that from his side, he hasn’t done anything worth being sidelined or “lend away.”

Torino have him on loan but can also buy him for 15 million pounds when the season ends. If he impresses, he might go back to Leicester next season, or have Torino hold on to him.

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When 2021-2022 ends, his display at Torino will play the biggest part in whatever happens and his career afterwards. Hopefully, he will have the answers to his questions by then.

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