Leicester City’s midfielder Youri Tielemans is a top summer target for Arsenal according The Athletic’s David Ornstein.
🚨 EXCL: Arsenal have opened talks over a new contract for Mohamed Elneny. Current terms ending but club value 29yo & want him to stay. Meanwhile #AFC decision makers all keen to sign Youri Tielemans + agent dialogue encouraging so far @TheAthleticUK #LCFC https://t.co/tx8kUxjLkF
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) May 9, 2022
With Elneny’s and Granit Xhaka’s long term future under doubt, central midfield is one of the priority positions for the Gunners in the upcoming transfer window.
Several names have been linked to the North London outfit in the past few months. However, Tielemans currently holds the strongest appeal to the hierarchy at London Colney.
Ornstein wrote, “Arsenal’s key decision-makers are thought to be in favour of acquiring the former Monaco midfielder, and dialogue with his representatives is said to have offered cause for encouragement.”
There are three top clubs interested in Youri Tielemans, he’s gonna leave Leicester after new deal turned down months ago. Arsenal are discussing Tielemans internally since January. ⭐️🇧🇪 #AFC
He’s considered one of best options in the list, still nothing agreed. UCL will be key.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 9, 2022
The Belgium international only 12 months’ left on his deal at the King Power Stadium and Leicester are open to selling the midfielder this summer, rather than see him leave on a free transfer next year.
Both Arsenal and Manchester United have been heavily linked with a move for the 25-year-old.
But, it’s Arsenal who are leading the race to land Tielemans ahead of the upcoming transfer window as the Belgian keen on playing Champions League next season.
Arteta’s side sit four points clear ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham ahead of the north London derby on Thursday evening.