LONDON (AP) — Belgium midfielder Youri Tielemans moved to Leicester on a permanent deal following a successful loan spell last season, while West Ham announced the sale of Marko Arnautovic to Chinese champion Shanghai SIPG in a terse, two-line statement on Monday.
Tielemans arrives at Leicester from Monaco for a reported club-record fee of 40 million pounds ($50 million), with the English Premier League club saying he is “widely considered to be one of the most exciting young talents in European football.”
The 22-year-old Tielemans, who impressed when spending the second half of last season on loan at King Power Stadium, joined a few days after Spanish forward Ayoze Perez moved to Leicester for 30 million pounds.
“It’s an incredibly exciting time for this football club,” Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers said, “and to be able to bring players of Youri’s quality here is an indication of the hunger for success we have here.”
Exciting times for Leicester but perhaps worrying ones for West Ham, with Arnautovic the team’s most talented player when on form.