Arsenal: Gunners still have Youri Tielemans ‘on the radar’
Arsenal still have Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans ‘on the radar’, according to transfer expert Dean Jones.
The Lowdown: Arsenal’s Tielemans interest
In May, it was reported by The Telegraph that Mikel Arteta was pushing for Arsenal to make a bid of £25m for the Belgian, who was considered one of the club’s leading targets. However, the move did not transpire, with the manager deciding not to strengthen in central midfield.
Given the partnership that Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka have formed in the Premier League this season, Football London reported that the Gunners are willing to wait until the 25-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the current season before signing him.
However, it has now been reported that he is still being considered by Edu and co…
The Latest: Jones’ update
According to Jones, Tielemans is still a potential option for Arsenal, with the journalist telling GIVEMESPORT:
“I think that they are still concerned about lacking a certain profile of player within their squad, and that is one of the reasons that these players [Mac Allister and Tielemans] continue to be linked and why Tielemans is still on the radar.”
The Verdict: Get it done?
There is no pressing need for Arsenal to strengthen their central midfield options significantly, with Partey and Xhaka averaging Sofascore ratings of 7.12 and 7.06 respectively in the Premier League (both in Gunners’ top eight), striking up a good relationship in the middle of the park.
The injury suffered by Gabriel Jesus perhaps poses the biggest threat to Arsenal’s title charge, so signing a new striker should undoubtedly be the main priority for Arteta in the January transfer window, although signing Tielemans would be a bonus.
Hailed as ‘magnificent‘ by journalist Josh Bunting, the Belgian maestro is just coming into his peak footballing years at 25, and he has weighed in with at least ten combined goals and assists in his last two full league campaigns from central midfield with Leicester.
As such, Arsenal should assess whether the 58-cap Belgium international is available on a cut-price deal in January and duly make a bid for him, as there is currently a risk that he chooses to sign a pre-contract agreement with an overseas club.