Arsenal transfer chiefs are reportedly in favour of signing Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans in the summer transfer window.
The north Londoners splashed over £140million less than 12 months ago more than any other Premier League side as they opted to sign Aaron Ramsdale, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Ben White, Nuno Tavares, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Martin Odegaard. The likes of Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, White and Odegaard have all been mainstays in Mikel Arteta’s starting XI when fit, helping their side to fourth in the current Premier League standings.
Beating local rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday evening would secure them a spot in next season’s UEFA Champions League, something that could be a major help this summer when they look to pursue top-class players. football.londonunderstands that technical director Edu is keen to sign a central midfielder at the end of the current campaign and The Athletic‘s David Ornstein has now reported that the club’s key decision-makers are all thought to be ‘in favour’ of pursuing a move for Leicester playmaker Tielemans.
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football.london understands that the Gunners are in talks with the midfielder’s representatives, and the Leicester star would be keen on a move should Arsenal seal a place in the Champions League. Tielemans’ agent has met with Edu at Arsenal’s London Colney training ground.
The 25-year-old, who is into the last 14 months of his contract at the King Power Stadium, is currently valued between €40million-€50million (£35million-£43million) by CIES Football Obervatory and the aforementioned report claims that Arsenal have been handed some encouragement in the early stages of talks with the Belgian’s representatives. Tielemans has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates in the past and has even previously admitted turning down a move to the north London outfit when he joined Ligue 1 side Monaco back in 2017.
As quoted by the Evening Standard at the time, he said: “I knew not much was going to change with Arsenal’s squad. Their management wanted to keep the same group of players together in order to finish high in the Premier League.
“I had to be honest with myself and take a look at the midfielders Arsenal have got. They are top-class players. I knew that I would not get many first-team chances with them, so I didn’t give any more thought to joining them.
“I never said no to any club. But I made it clear where I wanted to go.”
Source by Football London