Transfer BLOW for United, Chelsea and Arsenal as young Belgian star set for Atletico

One of Europe’s brightest young talents, Youri Tielemans, looks to have snubbed interest from the Premier League to join Liga BBVA side Atletico Madrid, according to Spanish publication AS.

The 17-year-old Anderlecht midfielder is viewed as one of the best young players in world football and has been scouted by Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City.

The Blues were watching Tielemans just last month but Jose Mourinho looks to have been beaten by Atletico Madrid to the signing of the youngster.

According to AS, the Belgium Under-21 star has agreed to join Diego Simeone at Atletico from next season as “representatives from the Spanish capital club held a meeting with emissaries from Anderlecht, including their managing director, and they established the basis of an agreement.”

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Tielemans has just over a year remaining on his current deal with Anderlecht, with the Belgian club keen to tie him down to a new five-year deal, but the 2014 Belgian Talent of the Year now looks set to leave after being watched by some of the world’s biggest clubs for the past two years.

Tielemans made his Champions League debut at the age of 16 in October 2013 – becoming the youngest Belgian to play in Europe’s elite competition.

He has made 41 appearances in all competitions for Anderlecht this season, scoring five goals with five assists.

Atletico Madrid are keen to bolster their midfield ahead of next season and the capture of Tielemans will be a signing that will excite supporters as the young star is tipped for great things.

Will Atletico Madrid be a good destination for Youri TIelemans? Or would a move to the Premier League have suited him better?

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