Youri Tielemans favoured Leicester over Manchester United

Youri Tielemans spent the second half of last season on loan at Leicester City.
Image: Youri Tielemans joined Leicester permanently on Monday

Youri Tielemans gave up the chance of a possible move to Manchester United, and told his agent he wanted to sign for Leicester City now rather than delaying in case Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made a bid for him, Sky Sports News has learned.

Tielemans' agent was keen to wait on a Leicester deal in case bigger clubs came in with an offer for the Belgium midfielder.

His agent wanted to see what developed with Paul Pogba's future at Manchester United before committing Tielemans' future. A number of reports have suggested United were looking at the 22-year-old as a possible replacement for Pogba should the France international leave Old Trafford.

But it was Tielemans who decided he wanted to commit his future to Leicester, after being convinced of the club's ambition by manager Brendan Rodgers. He did not want to miss out on the squad's pre-season preparations in France, and so told his agent to get the deal done quickly.

Tielemans signed a four-year contract at the King Power Stadium on Monday.

Image: Tielemans spent the second half of last season on loan at Leicester

Meanwhile, Manchester United have made an enquiry into signing Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina, Sky Sports News understands.

Lemina has been given permission to speak to other clubs by Southampton, having not been included on their pre-season training camp in Austria.

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