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Arsenal have done the “background work” and have proposed terms in place to sign Youri Tielemans, according to Dean Jones.
But the transfer insider has admitted that the Gunners are yet to launch a bid for the midfielder, which is why he very much remains a Leicester City player.
Despite months of speculation as to whether Arsenal will eventually make their move for Tielemans, David Ornstein confirmed to NBC Sports that Mikel Arteta is still keen on signing the Belgium international.
Ornstein stated that while Leicester would be prepared to cash in on Tielemans for around £30m with less than 12 months remaining on his contract, the north Londoners might have to offload a midfielder before they make another addition.
Including Fabio Vieira, Arteta potentially has six other central options, the others being Granit Xhaka, Thomas Partey, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Mohamed Elneny, while Emile Smith Rowe and Ainsley Maitland-Niles have played in midfield previously.
Regardless, Jones revealed that Arsenal hold a “genuine interest” in the 25-year-old and have plans in place to bring him to the Emirates Stadium.
He told GIVEMESPORT: “I think Tielemans has got a bit fed up of waiting for this, it’s been a long time we’ve been talking about him going to Arsenal or Manchester United, but the situation is still the same and nobody has actually knocked on the door with an offer.
“We know that Arsenal have a genuine interest and they’ve got all of the background work done on him and they’ve even got their proposed terms set up for if they were to go ahead with this one.”
If Tielemans does swap Leicester for London, he’ll have a tough job on his hands winning a place in Arteta’s team.
That’s because the Spaniard’s current midfield partnership is Xhaka and Partey, who performed well together before the latter’s injury last season and continued their good work in the 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace.
A first-half Gabriel Martinelli strike, and a Marc Guehi own goal ensured the perfect start to the campaign for the Gunners, but it was a team effort all over the pitch, which included a massive shift from Xhaka and Partey.
To highlight the role they played, only three players outperformed them, with WhoScored giving the duo a notable 7.36 rating each.
Freelance Football Writer.
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