The Lowdown: Tielemans’ contract
The 25-year-old has now entered the final 11 months of his contract at the King Power Stadium, duly raising questions over his long-term future.
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has said that he would like to resolve Tielemans’ future as soon as possible, with the plausibility of the midfielder’s exit still looming large.
The Latest: Jones’ claim
Jones believes that Arsenal could wait until later on in the transfer window to make a move for the Leicester star.
Speaking with GiveMeSport, the transfer insider claimed: “I think Arsenal’s priority has been to get a few fringe players out of the squad to open up space and room on the wage bill and then I think they will try and sign another midfielder.
“I would be surprised if it was James Maddison, but there’s a strong possibility they might make a late push for Tielemans.”
Should Arsenal sign Tielemans?
The Verdict: Adds good squad depth
Considering his attacking statistics, the arrival of Tielemans at the Emirates Stadium would provide Mikel Arteta with strong depth going forward, allowing the likes of Martin Odegaard to be rotated when necessary.
As per FBRef, compared with positional peers across Europe’s top five leagues over the past year, the 25-year-old Belgian ranks in the 95th percentile for shots taken, the 89th percentile for progressive passes and the 88th percentile for expected assists.
Therefore, if Arsenal do decide to make a move for him, they would have a fairly good idea what calibre of player they would be getting before he arrives in north London.
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