Brendan Rodgers gives Arsenal hope in Tielemans pursuit

Rodgers gives hint regarding Tielemans future

Despite Arsenal looking likely to sign Juventus’ Arthur Melo, he does not appear to be in the club’s long-term thinking.

Several names have been thrown in the ring, which the Gunners will be willing to pursue in the summer transfer window.

Lyon’s Bruno Guimaraes is a name which has constantly cropped up. While Leicester’s Youri Tielemans, Palmeiras’ Danilo and Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz have also made the news.

But it is the Leicester man who has caught the eyes of the Gunners faithful. And you cannot blame them for it.

The Belgian international has been one of the standout performers at the King Power Stadium, since his £40.50m move from French outfit Monaco in 2019.

He has gone onto play an impressive 131 games for the Foxes scoring a commending 23 goals and assisting 22 times. Which are very good numbers considering he plays as a central midfielder.

Manager Brendan Rodgers was asked about the contractual situation of the 24-year-old, after Goal reported that the Arsenal hierarchy have already held talks with the player’s representatives.

The former Liverpool boss admitted that a move away from Leicester might be on the cards this summer.

“Youri is at an age and at a stage in his contract where he has to ensure he looks at every option.

He continued, “I would love it to be here at Leicester, that is natural, but I understand it’s a very short career.”

That will be music to the ears of the Arsenal fans. Even though it does not totally imply that he will make a switch to the Emirates Stadium. Regardless, that likelihood is now certainly more probable.

Writer’s opinion: At 24 years, if we acquire the services of Tielemans, we will benefit for a number of years. As a central midfielder, he still has a few years left to reach his peak.

Mikel Arteta would certainly be licking his lips at the prospect of seeing the Belgian international develop into a world-class player under his tutelage.

With Thomas Partey and Tielemans, Arsenal’s midfield will get more mobile and difficult to contain. The addition of the Belgian can unlock a lot of potential of the current young Gunners squad Arteta has at his disposal.

On top of it, the 24-year-old won’t be extraordinarily expensive due to just 18 months left on his current deal. He also has a lot of experience playing in England and that would only benefit the Gunners.

Yash Bisht

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  1. Durand says:

    This would be fantastic if Edu and Arteta can get this deal done. He has experience in the PL, top quality player, and his age and quality would fit into the team that Arteta is trying to build.

    Get this one done in the Summer, and have a stop gap short term loan to bolster the midfield for us now.

    Trying to convince him to join us will be the tough part, but if we can secure CL with a top 4 finish, that’s something Leicester City can’t match or many others.

  2. jon fox says:

    NEWSFLASH. NLD POSTPONED! GREAT NEWS!

  3. Jonbo says:

    He would be a direct replacement for Xhaka, both being CM’s. Tielemans being a big upgrade as well.

    Great age, plenty of Premier League, and international experience, and can grab a few goals.

    I would be very happy with this signing.

    1. Durand says:

      The question would be is Arteta willing to let Xhaka go? So far Xhaka is a favorite; starts immediately from injury, starts immediately after returning from a red card.

      1. PJ-SA says:

        Agreed, I simply can’t see him signing for us while Xhaka is here. I’ve seen zero evidence that MA us willing to bench Xhaka, have you?

        1. Durand says:

          No, Xhaka is automatic starter; goes straight into starting 11 if he is available. Coming off an injury, red card, drop in form, nothing gets him dropped from Arteta’s starting 11.

          Best for the club would be replacing Xhaka with Tieleman, can’t dispute the facts of that. However, Arteta tendds to view things differently when it comes to Xhaka. Unfortunately more likely Partey would get dropped rather than Xhaka.

  4. jon fox says:

    The collapse of the transfer market, mostly but not entirely due to Covid is clearly working in our favour. What many fans overlook or do not fully allow for, is the world wide historical pull of our name and that we are in London. Both are massive draws to top players, wherever they are right now!

    Compared to those we have let go through poor contract management over many years, now the tide of this collapsing market is plainly shifting into our favour.

    I see it clearly.

    Does anyone else though, I wonder? Because no one has mentioned it , unless I missed their posts, which I do not think has been the case.

    Friends, it is good news for Gooners and will be increasingly so, mark my words!

    1. Durand says:

      I think players running down their contracts is in our favor, based on who we lose and who we could potentially gain.

      For example, Chambers out of contract Zakaria is available for free this Summer.

      Clubs will probably have to sell many players for less than they would get in a normal year. Granted there are exceptions like Haaland and others, but most transfers will be less than a normal year would bring.

      This is all my opinion from reading the tea leaves, but finances are tightening for many clubs, so it has a domino effect throughout the club.

      1. jon fox says:

        Durand, “TEA LEAVES”? I ASSUME THAT IS POETIC LICENCE AND NO MORE!

        My own reading of the situation , made entirely without tea leaves and based entirely on what I see, read and hear, is the same as yours, as I SAY IN MY POST ABOVE.

      2. George Mukhwana says:

        I think lack of fluidity in Arsenal’s midfield has partly been responsible for unimpressive PL performance. Comparatively if you would ask me of between Xhaka and Youri Tielemans I’d prefer the latter!
        Xhaka to me looks indisciplined considering the red cards to him that demoralises the overall team spirit. It also happened to him when with his National team last year during Eurocap!
        We need an option, but Arteta is the Manager at the helm of Arsenal! The decisions are his to make.

    2. Reggie says:

      Leicester will sell in the summer but Real see him as Modrics replacement.

  5. skoda says:

    Pls,go 4 someone/player who is not that popular. Ramsdale, tomiyasu,(type) and forget about all these household names, what are the scouts doing now? A lot of players in the championship who want to explode

  6. Fk says:

    They should splash the cash to sign him cos he is pl proven,will serve as another source of goals by his very precise shooting and a potential world class player who is one step away of attaining that status by joining a big club.the club should make him their priority.

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