20-year-old sensation on Tottenham radar set for medical in £21.2m deal - reports
By Danny Wright
Tottenham have missed out on the chance to sign Anderlecht midfielder Youri Tielemans, according to a report.
Belgian news outlet Le Soir claims that the 20-year-old has completed a £21.2million switch to Ligue 1 giants Monaco, who have been trying to sign the Belgian international for five years.
The Mail reported that Spurs sent scouts to watch the wonderkid in action for Anderlecht in their Europa League clash with Zenit St. Petersburg in February.
It is understood that the midfield sensation will secure a move to the principality once he completes a medical which will take place in the week beginning May 22.
Le Soir claims that it will be the biggest transfer fee paid to a Belgian club since Everton signed Marouane Fellaini from Standard Liege in 2008.
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Tielemans has been in scintillating form this season, scoring 18 goals and supplying 15 assists in 50 appearances across all competitions for Anderlecht.
The three-times Belgian international is a product of the famous academy of the Brussels-based outfit, who are currently attempting to win the Jupiler League title through the play-offs.
His international manager Roberto Martinez has previously said that it would be too soon for the 20-year-old to secure a move to a bigger club at this stage of his career.
Football Insider Verdict
This is a big blow for Tottenham but it is also a big indicator of how their summer transfer dealings might pan out. Daniel Levy simply has to provide Mauricio Pochettino with the funds to make big improvements on his squad otherwise Spurs will slowly slip back down the table. The North London club have a great first team, but they seriously lack any strength in depth or an impact player to come off the bench. Tielemans could have provided that extra option because he’s a young player that is a goal scorer and, most importantly, a leader. Spurs should try to get some deals done as soon as possible to give their signings plenty of time to settle down at the club.
In other Tottenham news, Paul Merson believes that Spurs could fall into this trap next season.