Journalist Ben Jacobs has delivered an update on Arsenal‘s pursuit of Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans.
The lowdown: Arsenal interested in Tielemans
The Gunners have been extensively linked with the Belgian throughout the summer transfer window, with previous reports even suggesting that personal terms had already been discussed regarding a move.
However, the 25-year-old remains in situ at the King Power Stadium, while interest has also been forthcoming from Barcelona, Real Madrid, Liverpool and Manchester United.
Despite the apparent strong admiration from across Europe, Tielemans is seemingly no closer to securing a transfer, and one well-informed onlooker has shed further light on the current situation…
The latest: Jacobs shares Tielemans transfer latest
The CBS Sports reporter said: “He’s on their shortlist, but they haven’t made a move and nobody’s made a move for Tielemans yet.
“That’s really interesting because when one club makes a move, it might trigger others into action.”
The verdict: Make it happen
Boasting a wealth of elite-level experience which has seen the Belgian make 120 Premier League outings since arriving from AS Monaco, signing Tielemans would be the icing on the cake for Edu and Mikel Arteta for what has already been an impressive summer window for Arsenal.
Last season, the £49.5m-valued gem – who was dubbed ‘scary’ by Daily Telegraph reporter Sam Dean – scored seven times and provided five assists in 50 appearances across all competitions for the Foxes, proof of an ability to influence matches in the final third.
Sharing similar stylistic traits to Ivan Rakitic, Hakan Calhanoglu and widely reported Arsenal target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (FBRef), the cultured ace would be a smart addition to the Gunners’ squad, particularly as Arteta looks to add further goals from midfield, having called for more from newly-appointed club captain Martin Odegaard last term.
Into the final 12 months of his contract in the Midlands (Transfermarkt), Tielemans could cost as little as £25m and would have to be regarded as a bargain at that price, providing a cheaper alternative to Lyon sensation Lucas Paqueta.
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