Speaking on The Done Deal Show, CBS journalist Ben Jacobs has been discussing Youri Tielemans and Arsenal’s curiosity within the midfielder.
The Gunners have been linked with Tielemans for the longest time now, however after the signing of Fabio Vieira this week, there have been stories that the Gunners’ curiosity within the Belgian is waning.
However, based on Jacobs, the Leicester City midfielder stays on Arsenal’s radar, and whereas they’ve backed off slightly bit, a transfer to the Emirates for the ‘special’ midfielder shouldn’t be discounted but.
What’s been mentioned?
Jacobs spoke about Tielemans and Arsenal.
“It’s incorrect to say anything other than that Arsenal have advanced things with Tielemans in the last seven days. The feeling was that Arsenal would swoop in after the international deal and get it done. Instead they progressed things with Vieira, but Tielemans is still on their radar,” Jacobs mentioned.
“Arsenal have put in a heck of a lot of work on this deal, dating back a year, they’ve agreed terms with the player, but at no point have they tabled an offer with Leicester City. Arsenal always felt they wanted to pay £25m, but Leicester want closer to £30, £31 or £32m.”
“Tielemans isn’t off the table, but it’s fair to say that Arsenal have backed off for now and it remains to be seen whether they come back a bit more definitively or aggressively later in the window.”
“Arsenal are Tielemans are still in some contact, it’s not impossible that they will get Tielemans and Vieira in this window, it’s just less likely that it will happen before the month is out.”
If Arsenal can nonetheless signal Tielemans for a price of round £30m, it will nonetheless be a worthwhile signing.
Yes, Vieira has arrived, however the Portuguese ace is extra of an attacking midfielder, whereas Tielemans can function as extra of a deep-lying participant who may act as a substitute for Granit Xhaka.
Arsenal have to plug plenty of downside positions this summer season and so they actually want a brand new midfielder within the mould of Tielemans.
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