By Will Butcher
Monaco have agreed a fee to sign Anderlecht playmaker Youri Tielemans this summer despite interest from Everton, according to reports.
French outlet Le 10 Sport claim a fee of £21.5million, plus bonuses, has been agreed between the Champions League semi-finalists and Anderlecht, with a deal on the verge of completion.
Calcio Mercato claim Everton were keen on Tielemans and will now need to make an eleventh hour bid to sign the 20-year-old, along with Liverpool, Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.
Tielemans is renowned as one of Europe’s hottest prospects after starring for his boyhood club this season, as they close in on their 34th Jupiler League title at the top of the table.
Making a huge 51 appearances in all competitions, Anderlecht’s number 31 has scored 18 goals and laid on a further 15 assists this season as he continues to go from strength to strength.
Ronald Koeman’s interest in Tielemans is likely to be due to the doubt surrounding Ross Barkley’s future at Goodison Park, with the Dutch boss giving Barkley an ultimatum last week.
Despite three years still remaining on Tieleman’s contract with the Belgian giants, but it now appears he is set to leave the Constant Vanden Stock Stadion in the summer window.
Football Insider verdict:
Koeman must do all he can to strike an eleventh hour bid to sign Tielemans. Already a three-time Belgium international, Tielemans is one of the best up-and-coming stars in European football, and at just over £20million, he is an absolute bargain. With or without Barkley, Everton would substantially improve their midfield department with the signing of Tielemans, who has also shown a maturity way beyond his years to captain Anderlecht this season. With Farhad Moshiri set to back Koeman in the transfer window, bringing in Tielemans would prove crucial in helping the Toffees close the gap from seventh place to the top six of the Premier League.
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