Arsenal’s move for Leicester City midfielder has been thrust into doubt with contrasting reports emerging on Friday over the Gunners’ intentions.
The club moved to sign Porto playmaker Fabio Vieira in the week and are said to be strongly interested in signing versatile Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez, who’ll provide high-quality cover at several positions. Arsenal have had a £25m bid rejected by the Dutch club, but a second proposal is on its way.
Leicester’s Tielemans is a player that many thought would be donning the iconic red and white strip next season, with Arsenal long-term admirers of the Belgian. The midfielder has just a year left on his contract at the King Power, but it isn’t a guarantee that he leaves the club this summer.
Conflicting reports emerge regarding Youri Tielemans’ future
Arsenal’s proposed move for Tielemans was meant to accelerate after the player recently returned from international duty with Belgium.
However, Sky Sports’ Rob Dorsett reported on Friday night that the Gunners’ interest in the Leicester man has “cooled”. He understands that Tielemans could yet sign a one-year extension with the Foxes and move on next summer.
The Belgian is believed to have wanted to sign for a club playing in the Champions League, but he was also happy to sign with Arsenal.
The Athletic have hinted that before the Gunners pursue Tielemans with more vigour, Granit Xhaka will have to be moved on. Many were hoping that Fabio Vieira’s impending arrival wouldn’t have any impact on the club’s pursuit of Tielemans. But, unfortunately, it looks like it will.
All hope isn’t lost, however. After Dorsett tweeted his piece on Tielemans, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano wrote that Arsenal are still working on signing the 25-year-old this summer. The midfielder, at this stage, isn’t looking to sign a contract extension with the Foxes.
If there’s anything we’ve learnt about Arsenal in recent days, it’s to never underestimate the quiet work that goes on behind the scenes. The Fabio Vieira deal and Lisandro Martinez bid came out of nowhere. Perhaps something similar is happening with Tielemans.