Ben Jacobs of CBS Sports reports that Arsenal have never ended contact or interest in Youri Tielemans, but they’re still yet to submit a formal bid.
Tielemans wants to leave, ideally for Arsenal, and he believed the move was set to go through when the window opened. But Arsenal’s hesitance to bid leaves the race open, with Manchester United potentially set to make an offer.
James Benge adds that Arsenal and Leicester City are only around £5m apart in their valuations of Tielemans, but the Gunners seemingly signing Oleksandr Zinchenko (who is comfortable in midfield) may cause issues.
The Daily Mail report that Arsenal have shelved plans to sign Tielemans until players leave, which makes sense.
Mikel Arteta and Edu have brought in four players already, with Zinchenko set to become the fifth, yet there have been no major outgoings – other than perhaps the permanent sale of Matteo Guendouzi to Marseille for around £10m.
Until the likes of Lucas Torreira, Pablo Mari, and Bernd Leno complete their expected moves elsewhere, Arsenal probably aren’t in a position to keep adding players to the squad.
Brendan Rodgers has spoken about Tielemans’ situation in the last few days as well.
“There’s no update at all,” Rodgers began. “He’s an amazing guy to work with. He’s happy in his work and he’s happy at the club.
“But naturally, with a year in his contract, he may feel he has to look at everything for him and his family.
“I’ll have a good chat with Youri next week to get privately what he’s thinking. But it won’t change, whether he’s leaving or staying for another five years, he’ll still be super committed.”
Fabrizio Romano recently reported that Arsenal are still in for Tielemans, and the player expects the move, but other clubs are starting to make moves for the Leicester City midfielder.
Tielemans’ contract runs out in 2023, and Leicester are keen to sell to generate funds for their summer business.