Arsenal transfer news: Youri Tielemans has been linked with a move to the Gunners consistently in recent times and this month could be the perfect time to secure a deal.
Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans is one of the biggest names playing outside the Premier League’s traditional ‘big six’, with the Belgian midfielder impressing during his four years in the East Midlands.
During that time, he has been instrumental in the Foxes’ strong Premier League campaign and also scored the winning goal in the 2021 FA Cup final. He also played a key role for his country, making 58 appearances for the Belgian Red Devils when he was just 25 years old.
With Arsenal in need of midfielders due to their current reliance on Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey, Tielemans could provide more needed depth as Mikel Arteta and his side enter the final months of what is set to be a tense title race . . . .
His contract expires in the summer, meaning Arsenal could either negotiate a move to complete on July 1 or pursue a cut-price deal this month for the Leicester midfielder.
Here we take a look at the current state of play in terms of Arsenal signing Youri Tielemans.
Brendan Rodgers acceptance
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has previously said that after selling a number of big names over the summer, he will aim to hold on to some of his big names this month to avoid a relegation battle. However, he has since indicated he may be willing to consider offers for players he feels are unhappy at the club which could be a sign about Tielemans.
The Foxes boss recently told reporters: “I think if somebody doesn’t want to be here or somebody wants to make too much money to be here, we have to have the courage to say ‘listen, thank you very much and move on.’ ‘, because we are not an organization with enormous resources that can facilitate any player’s needs, especially from a financial point of view,”
“A lot of these guys are in their final year [of their contracts]. We’ve said before that we’d like them to stay but there has to be a point where what they want requires more of us as an organization and when the time is right, they have to move on, then we have to do that and then look ahead .”
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic alternative
A move for Tielemans this January could see Arsenal pay for a player whose contract status means he will become a free agent in the summer. However, there could be another option this month in the form of Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
The Lazio midfielder could be available this month, with Lazio president Claudio Lotito agreeing to accept a loan departure worth £8.8million that also includes an obligation to make the move permanent for £35.5million in the summer at Il Messaggero according to Calciomercato.
According to the reports, a deal is something Arsenal are interested in, with the Gunners scouting a Lazio game at the start of the season and certainly a viable alternative with the Serbian’s pedigree being a box go box midfielder head.
The advantage of adjustment
Arsenal will have to compete with other Premier League clubs for Tielemans’ signature if they pursue a move but they could hold an advantage in the race for his signature given their current position at the top of the Premier League table head.
The Gunners were linked with a move for the Belgium international in the summer and there were reports thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat his agent had spoken to Edu, giving the club an early advantage compared to other potential transfers.
However, new reports claim interest in the player has cooled after his agent met with Arsenal hierarchy over the summer. This means a deal may not happen due to interest in other players but if the Gunners make a move then they will hold a strong attraction for the player.