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Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag shortlists Youri Tielemans after Frenkie de Jong failure

The Frenkie de Jong transfer saga looks set to come to a frustrating end for Man United as the Red Devils look all but certain to miss out on the Dutch international midfielder, stripping the club of the chance to reunite new boss Erik ten Hag with a former lieutenant.

De Jong has shot down any interest in joining the English giants and if he does more to the Premier League, seems more aligned with a move to rivals Chelsea.

As such, Man United have reportedly placed Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans on their summer transfer shortlist at the request of Ten Hag according to CBS Sports’ Ben Jacobs.

Tielemans was unwilling to consider a move to Old Trafford under Ralf Rangnick according to Jacobs but is said to be far more open to the idea of featuring under Ten Hag while presenting Man United with a far more affordable transfer target should any formal interest materialize.

Any legitimate interest in the former RSC Anderlecht academy graduate would squarely put them at odds with Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal, however, with the Gunners still linked with serious interest in the 25-year-old Belgian despite the business the north London outfit has already completed this window.

Arsenal would likely have to offload a midfielder or two before being in a position to make a formal approach for Tielemans, gifting Man United a window of opportunity if the Red Devils were to move quickly.

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Andrew Thompson

US-based Football writer. German football guru with a wealth of experience in youth development and analysis. Data aficionado. Happily championing the notion that Americans have a knowledgeable voice in the beautiful game.

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