Arsenal could still look to complete a move for Youri Tielemans after closing in Oleksandr Zinchenko.
That’s according to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, who delivered an update on the Gunners’ interest in the Leicester City star during a recent podcast appearance.
“One question I’m asked most, by Arsenal fans, in particular, is what is the latest with Youri Tielemans. He has 12 months left on his Leicester contract and they would be open to selling if they get a suitable offer,” the reliable reporter told The Athletic’s flagship show.
“We’ve reported that Arsenal have a firm interest in him.
“The decision-makers at the club are all-in on him but it’s more complicated than that because when you speak to people around this situation they make it clear that there may need to be a departure first for Tielemans to come in, be that Granit Xhaka or someone else in that area of the field to free up the space and the finance.” The 25-year-old could be the icing on the cake for the Gunners’ faithful.
As the north London giants close in on their fifth signing of the summer in Zinchenko, who will add a versatile option to Mikel Arteta’s squad, they could round off their business with one more exciting swoop.
Outside first-choice duo Xhaka and Thomas Partey, Arteta has very few reliable options and it is something that hindered the side’s progress last season, whenever either of the two were absent.
Tielemans can improve that situation tenfold as he can add some creativity from a deep-lying role, something that Arsenal have perhaps lacked.
The Belgium international, who has been described as an “outrageous talent” by scout Jacek Kulig, ranks inside the top 12% for progressive passes (5.80 per 90) and expected assists (0.16 per 90), as well as being among the top 6% for shots attempted per 90, too, when compared to his fellow midfielders across Europe.
Indeed, Tielemans has provided 48 goal contributions across 158 appearances for the Foxes, and that’s a record that will surely leave Gabriel Jesus drooling as the prospect of the pair linking up at the Emirates Stadium is hugely exciting.
The former Anderlecht gem has also been dubbed the “creator” of Brendan Rodgers’ side, which only adds to the potential furore of signing him and further reason to why the Brazilian would want the club to seal his signature, too.
Gunners technical director Edu Gaspar should, therefore, make the £60m-rated maestro – who ex-Sweden midfielder Par Zetterberg dubbed a “phenomenon” – his next signing of the summer.
He could be available for just £25m, which on the above evidence, is an absolute snip.