Arsenal ‘will sign’ Youri Tielemans if they decide to agree a fee for the midfielder with interest building from Man Utd and Newcastle, according to reports.
The Leicester City player has been brilliant for the Foxes in recent seasons, becoming a key part of Brendan Rodgers’ side since turning a 2019 loan move from Monaco permanent.
Tielemans has scored 24 goals in 158 appearances in all competitions in his time at the King Power Stadium, winning Leicester’s Player of the Season award in 2020-21 as they triumphed in the FA Cup.
He has been linked with moves to numerous sides over the past couple of years with interest from Arsenal understood to be the most concrete over the last month as they ‘agreed personal terms’ with the Belgium international.
And CBS Sports journalist Ben Jacobs claims that “Tielemans will sign” if Arsenal decide to match Leicester’s asking price with other reports recently insisting the Gunners had taken a ‘step back’ from the deal.
And Jacobs provides an update on the state of play surrounding Tielemans and his Leicester with “genuine interest” from Man Utd while Newcastle “could enter” the race.
Jacobs said in a series of tweets: “Youri Tielemans update. Still no formal offers made. Tielemans wants to join Arsenal and Edu still in touch with his agent. Arsenal have agreed terms, and worked on the deal for a year, but have never placed an official bid.
“Fabio Vieira’s arrival doesn’t rule out Tielemans. Arsenal still deciding whether to bid. Erik ten Hag is also interested. Tielemans was actually a Ralf Rangnick target but didn’t want to join Manchester United under him.
“If Arsenal reach an agreement with Leicester, told Tielemans will sign. But for now, Arsenal haven’t decided on him. The genuine interest from Manchester United may force Edu to make a decision quicker than expected, especially if Ten Hag pitch proves appealing.
“Tottenham and Real Madrid (other clubs sometimes linked) to date aren’t serious suitors. Nothing advanced. Right now, Leicester are planning for Tielemans to stay and not totally ruling out a new deal, which could still come if offers don’t materialise.
“There is a growing feeling Newcastle could enter the Tielemans race, too. Dan Ashworth has already made enquiries. Challenge for Newcastle would be convincing Tielemans how he fits into a midfield with Joelinton, Bruno and Shelvey. One to watch…”