Youri Tielemans has been told he is United’s number one target to replace Paul Pogba should he leave Old Trafford this summer.
The Belgian spent the second half of campaign away at Leicester City at loan impressing one and all with his stellar performances.
The Foxes are also interested in landing Tielemans and will be ready to battle Manchester United for his signature.
Youri Tielemans at Leicester City in the Premier League 18/19:
⭐️ 13 Appearances
🎯 85% pass accuracy
🏃♂️ 67% dribbles completed
🙅♂️ 1.3 tackles won per game
🧠 1.2 chances created per game
🅰️ 4 assists
⚽️ 3 goals
Contributed to 0.5 goals per game.👏 pic.twitter.com/m6M4o75BFu
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) 17 June 2019
The Red Devils are in search of a new midfield general after Paul Pogba recently made it almost imminent that he’ll be open to leaving the club in search of a new challenge.
In case Raiola’s successful, Castles suggests Tielemans is the man United are touting to replace Pogba.
“They have had conversations with the agent of Youri Tielemans. He’s currently at Leicester City on loan but owned by AS Monaco,” he said on The Transfer Window podcast.
“I believe Tielemans has been told that he is first option to replace Pogba should he leave.
“I’m not sure he’s entirely convinced that he is indeed first option, but Manchester United have told him that.
“Monaco would be more than happy to sell and they want a bidding war, so they just want to get as much money for the player as possible, looking at a price of at least £40m for the player.”
Manchester United are also said to be interested in Tielemans’ Leicester teammate James Maddison and Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic to replace a departing Ander Hererra.
Addressing United’s interest in the duo, Castles said:
“We told you several weeks ago that Manchester United have been in conversations with Ivan Rakitic at Barcelona to come into the club.
“Rakitic is unconvinced that that’s the right move for him and would prefer to remain at Barcelona. Barcelona want over €50m [£45m] euros for him. I believe Manchester United prepare to pay about €30m [£27m] for the player.
“James Maddison wouldn’t be a like-for-like replacement for Pogba, but would provide the creativity, passing options, goalscoring chances that Pogba’s so good at doing.
“So you could possibly pair Maddison with a more defensive midfielder to have a new shape for them.”