Fabrizio surprised Arsenal haven’t taken “incredible opportunity” yet

Arsenal have been continually linked to the signing the Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans ever since the transfer window opened,

The Belgian international has just 12 months left on his contract and it would appear that Mikel Arteta and Edu could secure the contract rebel at a good price.

Most pundits think that the Gunners are still one man short in the midfield department at the moment. Although Arteta brought on Sambi Lokonga for the last ten minutes at Crystal Palace on Friday, many Arsenal fans think he is not yet ready to be a regular starter, and another backup to Xhaka and Partey is needed apart from Mo Elneny.

Perhaps this is why Fabrizio Romano is surprised that there is still no official moves for Tielemans.

“An offer has not yet arrived at Leicester for Youri Tielemans. The situation remains the same and even the player is still waiting for the next steps,” Romano explained to CaughtOffside.

“Arsenal maintain an interest in the Belgium international but an official proposal will be needed. I must admit I remain surprised no one has made an offer yet because I think a player like Tielemans being available for a reduced fee in the final year of his contract is an incredible opportunity for top clubs.

“Certainly, the departure of Lucas Torreira to Galatasaray will bring Arsenal €6-7m plus add-ons and that can help fund a new signing.”

So what do you think is going on? Is Arteta going to wait until deadline Day to try and get a reduced price for Tielemans, or do you think Elneny and Lokonga is enough backup for this season?

Darren N

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10 Comments

  1. I think, we could have someone else as a higher priority, and I am quite happy if that is the case.
    Not convinced about Tielemans as I don’t see him as a strong addition.

  2. Having watched tielemans last season and before im not convinced he is the right player for us.He is decent on the ball,a creative player but he gives the ball away cheaply at times and in dangerous places allowing teams to quickly counter attack.He isnt high energy and lacks that biult in defensive attitude when he’s team dosent have the ball.To be a better team we do need an up grade on Xhaka but he is really good defending set pieces etc and is decent when the team are backs against the wall in a more tight unit defending.Tielemans will offer non of that.i think we need someone with more energy and defo more pace than both of them,more of an all rounder than 1 being defensive and one being more attacking.who that actually is?well im not sure.Rice at west ham would be great but obviously not possible.

  3. I think Tielemans is a perfect match for Arsenal. It seems traditional here at Arsenal is that we never quite finish the job. We could have bargain Tielemans in a second, but my experience is there is always some silly act of self-harm. It happened last January and Edu threw a 4th place away. Any sane person would see that a 25 year old Tielemans at 25mill is pocket money, especially as Xhaka will sooner or later be suspended, sent off, or owe his friends a favour. We have Europe, the EPL, League Cup and FA Cup so of course we need Tielemans. No self-harm allowed Edu, you did it in January, fell asleep, so finish our signings with Tielemans.

  4. We should look at mathues nunes from sporting he is the missing piece we need what a player he is and he is much better than tielemans and an upgrade from xhaka

  5. He would add depth to the squad and maybe challenge for a start but maybe there is an agreement to sign him next year, when xhaka will probably be moved on, and we won’t have to pay any transfer fee. Maybe it’s just a media story and it’s never going to happen. You never know unless your part of the transfers process at arsenal.

  6. If the club do want him and are looking at a deadline deal its a bit silly. By then Leicester wont be able to let him go as they wont be replacing him in advance , cash flow , and after the Mancs start v Brighton today they might be forced to get him to appease the fans.
    shame about Onana , would have liked him here

  7. I am sure we are NOT serious about Tielemans . A ll he ever was, IMO, WAS A REMOTELY POSSIBLE FALL BACK OPTION, BUT NEVER OUR REAL CHOICE AND SO IT IS BEING PROVEN.

    Such a lot of fuss about something that won;t happen!

    But then JA is desperate fro all the false rumours it can round up, from here, there and every discredited source on the planet!

  8. Tielemans is not the answer it’s as simple as that, plus he will value under £10 mil in January

  9. If we were really interested in Tielemans,I believe the best time to make our first bid would be with 2 weeks left in the window .enough time for the Foxes to find a replacement but not enough to haggle over the fee.

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