Arsenal said they were “confident” they will beat others in the transfer of Youri Tielemans from Leicester City. They have to be careful and not repeat the same mistake they made last summer.
Belgium international Youri Tielemans has been in vogue since the end of the Premier League season and Arsenal Football Club is in vogue with the player. Eager to improve quality in depth, they have long been monitoring his situation at Leicester City.
With the 2021/22 season completed, the player is now in the final year of his contract with the Foxes and has expressed his desire to leave throughout the season; He turned down several contract offers and made it clear that this would be his last season at King Power.
Arsenal feel like they’re in the driver’s seat
With the player remaining unchanged on his decision to leave the club, Arsenal have now taken the lead in the Tielemans’ race. They’ve made him a priority summer signing and have reportedly been in contact with the player’s entourage for weeks.
With everyone in play, Leicester’s valuation of the midfielder is between €35m and €40m and awaiting offers from the Gunners and other interested parties; an offer is to follow in the coming weeks.
Arsenal’s priority in midfield is now Youri Tielemans. Arsenal had already contacted the player’s camp in the past few weeks. Leicester want around 35 to 40 million euros. Next week it’s important to understand if Arsenal will be ready to bid
Mikel Arteta wants to ensure an injury or two in midfield doesn’t hurt the Gunners like they did last season and disrupt a run that could have seen them in next season’s Champions League. Competition is the order of the day for Thomas Partey and Sambi Lokonga, although the latter is still young and still has a lot to learn.
Youri Tielemans, on the other hand, is quite experienced and a Premier League gem at 25. He has contributed a lot to Leicester City’s recent success. His goal in the 2021 FA Cup final was a gold medal and also worthy of goal of the tournament.
In his four seasons at King Power, he has made 158 appearances, scoring 18 goals and providing 18 assists, which could help improve the 61 goals scored by the Gunners.
Arsenal are still interested in Youri Tielemans and plans haven’t changed. He’s a target for midfield – but it’s not an imminent deal as negotiations will take time. 🇧🇪 #AFC
Two other clubs are also in the running for Tielemans, who will leave Leicester this summer.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 31, 2022
The gunners must not be overconfident in negotiations
Last summer, north London headquarters were just as confident of signing Youri Tielemans’ team-mate James Maddison. He was their priority as a playmaker and thought they had the deal in the bag as Maddison was “open to leaving Leceister” and wanted to join Arsenal.
A deal fell through due to the foxes’ stubbornness and strong determination. Unwilling to play with European football, they held onto the Englishman. Arsenal were fortunate to have Martin Odegaard’s fate in their hands and they were able to sign the alternative to Maddison and a player they wanted before they set their eyes on him.
Arsenal have named their option two and three; Wolves’ Ruben Neves and Juventus’ Arthur Melo have both been linked with them in the recent past.