Reports that Leicester City want ‘more than £50m’ for midfielder Youri Tielemans have been dismissed by reliable journalist Ben Jacobs.
The Belgium international has entered the final year of his contract at the King Power Stadium with rumours he could leave this summer before the Foxes face losing him for nothing in the summer.
There have been rumours that Arsenal are interested in taking him to the Emirates Stadium this summer as they look to strengthen their midfield.
The Gunners have so far signed Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Fabio Vieira, Matt Turner and Marquinhos this summer with Mikel Arteta admitting that it’s possible more new faces will arrive.
Arteta said last week: “What we can communicate we always do when it’s the right moment. We discussed that we have a big squad and we’ve allowed some players to leave. Until the end of the window, anything can happen.”
The Arsenal boss added: “We want to only bring certain qualities through that door and if not then it’s not worth it. I will be totally happy and focused on getting the best out of these players, for sure.”
Tielemans is reportedly on the Gunners’ list of targets but The Sun claim that Leicester are ‘yet to receive an offer’ from any club for the Belgian.
The report puts that down to the Foxes ‘looking for more than £50million despite the Belgian having less than a season left on his current deal’.
While the player himself ‘may also have scared off potential buyers as he is believed to be demanding around £200,000 a week in wages’.
But CBS Sports journalist claims that their information appears incorrect as he was told that Leicester ‘want just over £30m or early in the window £35m all in, which is basically what they paid for him’.
Jacobs adds that Arsenal ‘valued him at just under £25m in January (I believe £23m) and not a lot has changed’ and that ‘broad personal terms have been agreed. If Arsenal bid, he’ll sign.’
Both Tielemans and Wesley Fofana – who has been the subject of offers from Chelsea – were left out of Leicester’s team for the match against Southampton at the weekend and Rodgers explained his decision.
Rodgers said: “One, a change in system and two, I mentioned in the week, we’re coming into a Premier League game and maybe we’ve got players who are maybe not quite in the right frame of mind.
“You can’t carry them, or certainly we can’t. So yeah, that’s the reason for the changes.”