Arsenal are confident of ‘striking a deal’ with Leicester to sign Youri Tielemans if they head to the negotiations table, according to CBS reporter Ben Jacobs.
But at this current moment, Jacobs doesn’t believe that Gunners manager Mikel Arteta is keen on bringing the £120,000 per-week star to the Emirates Stadium.
What’s the latest news involving Tielemans?
Tielemans has entered the final 12 months of his contract at the King Power Stadium, which has led to intense speculation surrounding his Foxes future.
Arsenal are seemingly at the front of the queue for Tielemans’ signature, with The Sun reporting earlier this month that the north Londoners had ‘stepped up their interest’ and were ‘confident’ of sealing a £30m deal.
Meanwhile, Fabrizio Romano has stated that Arsenal have been in ‘internal discussions’ with the midfielder since January, although that was before they missed out on qualifying for the Champions League.
And Jacobs, who previously told GiveMeSport that the capital club have ‘agreed personal terms’ with Tielemans, reckons the Gunners know they can complete a deal to sign the ex-Monaco star, but Arteta remains unsure.
What did Jacobs say about Tielemans?
When asked for an update on Arsenal’s pursuit of the 25-year-old, he told GIVEMESPORT: “If they don’t sign him, it’s not because Tielemans doesn’t want to join, it’s not because the deal can’t be agreed with Leicester, I think Arsenal are very confident if they do come to the table and finally make a bid that they will be able to strike a deal with Leicester, it’s down to Arteta’s desire, and at the moment, he doesn’t want to move.”
Do Arsenal need Tielemans?
While Tielemans would add extra quality to Arsenal’s midfielder, having registered 24 goals and 24 assists in his three-and-a-half years at Leicester, signing him in this window doesn’t appear a must for Arteta.
Following the arrivals of Oleksandr Zinchenko, who’s primarily a left-back, but plays in midfield for Ukraine, and Fabio Vieira, the Gunners currently have seven central options, and eight if you include Emile Smith Rowe, who played there on five occasions last season.
Therefore, it’s easy to see why Arteta is addressing more pressing areas on the pitch, like right wing, before pursuing a deal for Tielemans, who he knows is still likely to be available right up to the end of the window.
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