Transfer news: Tielemans to Liverpool, Man Utd; Soumare to Leicester


There is tons of juice dripping from these transfer rumors on Sunday, fascinating fodder for the summer ahead of us.

Leicester City is at the heart of these rumors, which number at least a half-dozen, and it does not feel goofy at all to say that the September home of the man at the center of them could swing the Premier League.

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So, let’s go down a rabbit hole that revolves around Youri Tielemans but could figure heavily into the futures of Manchester United, Lille, Liverpool, Celtic, and many more notable European clubs.

Rumor time starts…. now (or below the jump).

Tielemans to Manchester United, Keita to Leicester City, Keita to Liverpool!

If you’re familiar with our transfer buzz posts you’ll recognize that the headings for these rumors are usually as simple as “Player X to Club Y” but holy cow does this report from the Leicester Mercury demand more from our heading!

Quoting several other reports, the Mercury says that Leicester City could have no choice but to accept a big bid for influential midfielder Youri Tielemans and implies that the club could have to choose between big money from Manchester United and a lesser fee but a requited swap target from Liverpool.

Let’s start with Tielemans, who has been as gushed over on this site as any player outside of a traditional top-six power.

The 24-year-old chewed up 4,400-plus minutes for Brendan Rodgers this season, scoring nine times with six assists. He went 90 minutes in 35 of 38 PL matches, otherwise going 87, 88, and 33. How lazy.

Kidding aside, there’s reason to wonder if Leicester should be considering whatever wage Tielemans could possibly want to stick around and help them vie for a Champions League place, because he’s just turned 24 and only five players completed more passes than him over the 2020-21 PL season (Rodri, Ruben Dias, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Andy Robertson, and James Ward-Prowse). Additionally, his 52 key passes say just outside the Premier League’s top 20

And frankly whoever is going to pay for Tielemans ought to force the issue before EURO 2020, when Tielemans may combine with Kevin De Bruyne to produce one of the more sensational midfield performances in UEFA history when Belgium begins its quest for a historic trophy. Consider that Tielemans (85th percentile) and De Bruyne (99th percentile) combine to produce 9.38 shot-creating actions per 90 minutes according to The percentiles aren’t in the Premier League but in the top five European leagues and European competition.

But let’s say Leicester is willing to sell because they can land Boubakary Soumare, who is two years younger, just won Ligue 1 with Lille, and has an incredible knack for reading the game defensively even if he has similar shortcomings to Tielemans in that zone.

This is where Leicester would be considered to be “in the catbird seat” because there are reports that the Foxes could land Soumare for a silly, silly, sillydid we say silly? — $27 million.

They have so many great options, including keeping Tielemans, selling him for crazy money and reinvesting (the club’s been linked with Celtic’s Odsonne “French Eddy” Edouard as well as Soumare), or selling him and getting a Liverpool player they reportedly covet.

The Foxes could choose to:

  • Keep Tielemans and buy Soumare. This would allow the younger Soumare to adapt to the Premier League and learn from Tielemans while pushing a player who will, theoretically, have played a ton of minutes well into the summer.
  • Sell Tielemans to Manchester United or another team for the maximum fee. Balance the books, so to speak, while potentially fortifying the club with any number of players on an already solid roster that includes Wesley Fofana, Wilfred Ndidi, James Maddison, Harvey Barnes…
  • Sell Tielemans for less to Liverpool but get Naby Keita in the fold. We don’t know what went wrong between Jurgen Klopp buying a player from RB Leipzig who checked every box of what those Reds needed — for Keita, by the way. Liverpool has done okay — but Keita and Ndidi together could allow everyone in front of them on the pitch to do whatever the heck they want.
  • Sell Tielemans to someone outside England. You could argue that, assuming there’s a Soumare or similar talent there to replace Tielemans, getting big money for the Belgian and sending him far from an opposing touch line would be the best possible outcome.

There are downsides, too. Not that any team can just magically produce a like-for-like replacement for N’Golo Kante, but selling the Ballon d’Or caliber midfielder and not adequately addressing the departure as the club managed PL and Champions League campaign saw them drop to 12th place and 44 points the year after the PL title. Relegation was not out of the question until the club bought Ndidi in January following a stop-start start from summer buy Nampalys Mendy.

But (so many italics in this post) they’ll have learned from that and it sounds nutty but Rodgers’ project is on better footing that the Claudio Ranieri one that snuck up on everyone and won the league while capturing the imaginations of so many around the globe.

Would you sell him?

Now what about Liverpool? The addition of Tielemans is one of the very few upgrades available to the departing Georginio Wijnaldum, especially since Klopp did not hand the Dutchman the freedom he gets from country and got from Newcastle. This would be a huge add to Liverpool, especially since it cuts directly from rivals Manchester United while shaking free of the Keita failure.

As for Man United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would be able to either move Paul Pogba to the left wing or take that long-rumored sweet over-priced offer from Real Madrid for the Frenchman while he’s still in his prime (28).

However it shakes out, it feels like Tielemans’ destination — or statics — could go a long way to determining the season and transfer market outlook for three European contenders in England.

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Erling Haaland injury: Manchester City assess star


Manchester City star Erling Haaland left the Norway squad during the international break after suffering a groin injury.

Our partners in the UK at Sky Sports News say that Haaland missed team training on Thursday, less than 48 hours before the huge game against Liverpool this weekend.

Speaking ahead of that game, Pep Guardiola revealed City were waiting to see if Haaland could take part in training on Friday.

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Haaland, 22, joined up with Norway for their EURO 2024 qualifiers but has been sent back to Manchester City for treatment.

That meant he went to Marbella and then Barcelona in Spain for specialist treatment and he is now back in Manchester recovering from the groin injury he picked up against Burnley.

The Norwegian striker has been in stunning form in recent weeks, scoring nine goals in his last three games in all competitions for City (including five against RB Leipzig in the Champions League and a hat trick against Burnley in the FA Cup) before the break.

He has scored 42 (yes, forty two) goals in all competitions for Man City this season.

However, Pep Guardiola and Man City now face an anxious wait as an injury to Erling Haaland is the last thing they wanted before a pivotal final few months of the season as they chase the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League treble.

What is the latest update?

Pep Guardiola have a fairly positive update on Haaland ahead of Liverpool’s visit to City but it seems unlikely he will be risked if there’s any doubt around his fitness.

“Erling is recovering. This afternoon (Friday) is the last training session then we’ll see how he feels. We will see today. Again, the doctors and especially the player will decide how does he feel,” Guardiola said.

“Yesterday I spoke with him and he feels good. But we will see. Life is risk in these stages. You have to take it. We score a lot of goals this season. He scored an incredible amount of goals. But in the past always we scored a lot of goals.”

Norway’s team doctor, Ola Sand, previously gave an update on Haaland’s injury.

“We hoped that this was just a familiarity that would carry over to Saturday, but after doing tests and examinations yesterday it became clear that he will not make it to the games against Spain and Georgia,” Sand said. “It is better that he receives medical follow-up at the club.”

Norway face Spain on Saturday and Georgia next Tuesday, so it seems like Haaland is in a race to be fit for Man City’s games after the international break.

Which games could he miss?

After the international break Man City are playing in the first game of the weekend as they host Liverpool on Saturday, Apr. 1 at the Etihad Stadium.

It seems like Haaland could be struggling to be fully fit for that game, and maybe even the trip to Southampton on Apr. 8, so Pep Guardiola may choose to rest him for their massive UEFA Champions League quarterfinal first leg against Bayern Munich on Apr. 11.

Given the form Haaland is in right now, it will be a blow for City if he does miss the next few games but the last thing they want is any long-term damage. Plus, it’s helpful to have the likes of World Cup winner Julian Alvarez in reserve to step in for Haaland.

Premier League table, 2022-23 season

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If it’s the 2022-23 Premier League table you’re after, you’ve come to the right place.

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After the break for the 2022 World Cup, the Premier League returned with a bang and the start to 2023 has delivered plenty of fun.

Now we are approaching the final few months of the campaign, it is so tight up and down the Premier League table.

Who’s looking like title contenders and/or favorites?

As we head into the final months of the 2022-23 season, Arsenal and Manchester City are looking head and shoulders above the rest and although Manchester United briefly surged into the picture, they look more likely to cement their spot as the third best team in the Premier League.

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The Gunners will have their hands full for the duration of their title challenge, as Erling Haaland continues to take the Premier League by storm with an almost impossible goal-scoring record.

What about the top four and European places?

Uneven Tottenham are hanging in the top four battle and for the moment have hunted down Newcastle, while Liverpool is back in the Champions League picture after their return to form and Chelsea looks like a top six finish is their ceiling. For now.

Surprising Fulham, Brentford, and Brighton are all hanging around on the periphery with fine campaigns. Can one of them surprise and qualify for Europe?

Who are the candidates for relegation?

Southampton, West Ham, and Bournemouth currently occupy the relegation places but that keeps changing all the time and it is so tight at the bottom of the table.

Nottingham Forest, Leicester City, Wolves, Leeds, Everton and Crystal Palace all find themselves within a few points of the bottom three as the race to stay in the Premier League intensifies. This could be the craziest relegation scrap in Premier League history.

Below you will find the latest Premier League table.

Premier League table – March 19

Premier League standings

NBC Sports’ standings and scoreboard

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Arsenal vs Leeds: How to watch, live stream link, team news


Arsenal can keep its Premier League title run going strong with a win over relegation-fighting Leeds United on Saturday at the Emirates Stadium (watch live, 10am ET on USA Network and online via

The Gunners enter Saturday with an 8-point title lead over Manchester City, who holds a match-in-hand and plays the 7:30am ET kickoff earlier Saturday vs Liverpool.


Leeds is coming off a feisty but fortunate 4-2 win over Wolves that it took it clear of the bottom three by two points.

If Leeds can manage a point here, it will be a heaping helping of unexpected and will say something about Javi Gracia’s project at Elland Road.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Arsenal vs Leeds.

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How to watch Arsenal vs Leeds live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10am ET, Saturday
TV Channel: USA Network
Online: Stream via

Key storylines & star players

For Arsenal, it’s going to continue to be a feast of talent in attacking positions as Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard are in the Premier League Player of the Year conversation and Gabriel Martinelli isn’t too far off. Perhaps Gabriel Jesus would be there, too, if he didn’t miss such a long stretch of time with injury but he’s fit and firing and Leeds has reason to worry about its back line. Leeds would love to see Maximillian Wober and Tyler Adams available but they are not and it will be incumbent about the attackers to make up for their absences. Weston McKennie and Marc Roca will be under the microscope today.

Arsenal team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Thomas Partey (other), Kieran Tierney (calf). OUT: William Saliba (lower back), Mohamed Elneny (knee), Eddie Nketiah (ankle), Takehiro Tomiyasu (knee)

Leeds team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Maximillian Wober (thigh), Stuart Dallas (thigh), Adam Forshaw (groin), Tyler Adams (hamstring), Wilfried Gnonto (ankle).

Arsenal title tracker – What do Gunners need to win the Premier League?


Eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table with 10 games to go, what do Arsenal need to win their first Premier League title in 19 years?

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Mikel Arteta has his young side on the cusp of a pretty remarkable and very unexpected Premier League title win.

With a solid defensive unit, perfectly balanced midfield and the likes of Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Martin Odegaard having fine campaigns in the final third, there is so much to love about this Arsenal team.

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But how, and when, can Arsenal seal the Premier League title they crave? How many points do they need to gain? What are the scenarios based on their huge game against Manchester City in April?

How many points do Arsenal need to win the Premier League title?

With 10 games remaining, there are many different ways the Gunners can win the Premier League title.

In its simplest form: if Arsenal win nine of their final 10 games they will be crowned Premier League games.

The magic number for Arsenal to reach is 95 points. If they reach 95 points, Manchester City cannot catch them.

But if Man City beat Arsenal in their huge game at the Etihad on April 26 and win their game in-hand, Arsenal will need to win all nine of their other remaining game to be sure of the title. That would give them 96 points and Man City could only finish on 94.

If Arsenal drew against Man City then Man City could only finish on a maximum of 92 points. That means Arsenal would need eight wins from their remaining nine games to win the title as they would have 94 points.

If Arsenal win at Man City then Man City would only be able to reach 91 points. So, Arsenal would only have to win seven of their other nine remaining games to seal the title.

All of this proves just how massive the Manchester City vs Arsenal game on April 26 is in deciding the title winner.

When did Arsenal last win the Premier League?

They last won the Premier League title in the 2003-04 season, the famous ‘Invincibles’ campaign as they didn’t lose any of their 38 games that season.

Think Patrick Vieira, Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry, Freddie Ljungberg, Sol Campbell and Robert Pires in full flow and Arsene Wenger with a huge smile on his face on the sidelines. Magnificent.

When did Arsenal last win a trophy?

The last trophy Arsenal won was the FA Cup in the 2019-20 season, they also won the FA Community Shield in 2020.

Both of those trophies were won by current boss Mikel Arteta.

Which trophies have Arsenal won?

Here are the list of trophies the Gunners have won in their history:

  • FA Cup (14 – Record)
  • Premier League/First Division titles (13)
  • League Cup (2)
  • FA Community Shield (16)
  • European Cup Winners’ Cup (1)
  • Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (1)