£32m Arsenal target now likely to leave, contract talks aren’t going well

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According to The Telegraph, Youri Tielemans is likely to leave Leicester in the summer, with Arsenal said to be monitoring the situation.

What’s the story?

Well, the £32m man’s contract expires in June 2023, and talks with the Foxes have stalled after they failed to qualify for the Champions League.

According to Goal, Arsenal are keen to sign Tielemans, and have already held talks with his agent at London Colney.

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Brendan Rodgers admitted that he’s preparing for life without the 47-cap Belgium international, but remains hopeful of keeping his No.8.

The Telegraph quote him as saying: “You always have to (plan for life without players) – that is key. You always have to be looking ahead, that’s important. Youri is at an age and at a stage in his contract where he has to ensure he looks at every option. 

“I would love it to be here at Leicester, that is natural, but I understand it’s a very short career. If we are going to lose one we have to be ready for the next one to come in.”

Leicester do not expect to lose Tielemans this month, but it seems highly likely that he will depart the King Power Stadium in the summer.

So far this season, the 24-year-old has scored five goals in 14 Premier League appearances, while also netting one in the FA Cup.

Should Arsenal sign Youri Tielemans?

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In our view, the former Monaco man is a fine player, although Mikel Arteta should have some reservations about him.

For one, he is not the most physical midfielder around, which could see him struggle to keep his head above water in Arteta’s system.

With the likes of Kieran Tierney and Takehiro Tomiyasu bombing forward, the Gunners need a midfielder capable of covering the gaps left by the full-back duo.

Ben White also enjoys striding forward, leaving Gabriel Magalhães isolated.

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Somebody a bit nippier on their feet, such as an N’Golo Kante type midfielder, would be a much better option to compliment Thomas Partey.

Nevertheless, Arsenal are quite light in terms of midfield depth, so if Tielemans is available for a decent fee, the Gunners could sign him as well as another midfielder.

Keep an eye on this saga – by the sounds of things, the Belgian looks set to leave the Midlands in 2022.

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