‘Need to act fast’ – Arsenal warned other clubs ready to chase target

Fabrizio Romano has claimed that Arsenal remain interested in signing Youri Tielemans from Leicester City this summer, but they cannot afford to waste time as others are beginning to circle.

The midfielder has been linked with a move to north London in recent windows, and with just 12 months remaining on his contract, he now looks set to move on from the Foxes.

The Gunners have been thought to be at the head of the queue in regards to his signature, but Romano claims that we are yet to make a formal offer to his current side, and that others are beginning to show an interest.

“Arsenal are still in for Youri Tielemans, but they need to act fast,” Romano told CaughtOffside.

“Even though this particular saga has gone a little quieter in recent weeks, Arsenal have never changed their interest in signing Youri Tielemans. The Belgian midfielder has always been on the list, but no official bid has been submitted so far.

“From the player’s perspective, he still expects this move, but Arsenal will have to be quick as other clubs have been inquiring about Tielemans in the last few days.

“Certainly, Leicester would sign a replacement but so far they are waiting to understand how much they would receive as final fee from Tielemans deal. He’s in the final year of his contract, so there could still be some back and forth here as clubs won’t want to pay over the odds for someone who will be a free agent in a year’s time.”

It seems as though we have been waiting to force Leicester into accepting a lower offer than they had initially been holding out for, but it would have been naive to believe that no other clubs would enter into calculations for his signature. Youri is simply too good a player to have no interest in him, and we should stop dilly-dallying over his signature.

We’ve worked well in the market so far, and the only reason we could have for slowing down here must be that we have alternatives in mind also. I don’t think there is another CM out there who is available who would have a better CV than Tielemans, who also matches our recent transfer policy.


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  1. IMHO, Arsenal need to sign a CM and TP plays DM or a very strong top class DM and TP can play the 8 position. Then we can sign a tall strong CF for change of tactics. I don’t we need a winger as we have Jesus who can comfortably play across the front line. We can then consider a back up LB. I consider 40m too much for a backup LB unless if he walks straight into the team. And if White, Gabriel, Saliba and Holding will be in the team next season, we can bring any of our youth as a fifth CB. Xhaka should not be sold this season even if we get another CM, as there is no assurance that a new CM will click with the team immediately so in that case, Xhaka can come in handy. This is why I also think, a proper top class DM should be priority rather than CM. Partey can play both positions comfortably but Xhaka will be too much of a liablity in DM.

  2. If your in for someone then Surely you bid on said player .
    Not really that excited about him unless he’s coming to take Xhakas place which i doubt would be the case .

  3. Nothing fantastic about Tielemans, I would prefer any of Nabi Keita, Emre can, Amadou Onana, Milinkovic-Savic.

  4. Either we know we are getting him or we have gone cold on him because we had agreed in principle a move for him, weeks and weeks ago, all that was required was actually getting an agreement with Leicester.

  5. Just seems curious as Tielemans was the reason we passed on Bissouma, according to reports. Not sure of their validity, but why the holdup?

    Striker clearly an issue, but seems squared away with Jesus.

    The 2nd most important is midfield; either a DM (and move Partey to CM) or a B2B. This needs fixing, unless it’s a Wenger-like tactic to act late in the window when classy players may be available late.

  6. I think there is some reason why Arsenal has gone cold over the Tielemans deal. Either they are waiting for Leicester to lower the asking price since he has only 1 year left in his contract or Arsenal have another midfielder in mind if they dont get Tielemans. Either way, a quality midfielder is a must if we want to make significant progress this season, more so considering TP’s injury record and Xhaka’s unreliability. That said, I am glad we didnt sign Bissouma and he went to the enemy, considering the charges of sexual assault over him and the legal repurcassions since he is not cleared of those charges. The last thing we want is a tainted player, however good he may be, who will disturb the harmony in the dressing room.

    1. The way you people write is just funny, you can say things like bissouma is a good talented player but spurs system of playing the needed him more than we do as we need players who can contribute more on goal front that would have made perfect sense than talking about disharmony,tainted player, sexual assaults etc you know he has a sexual assault case yet you don’t know he has been cleared of all sexual assault allegations, I don’t expect you to know that because it makes perfect sense to use the issue as a beating cane, had we signed him I know 100% your words will be opposite and you will be singing how he has been cleared up and ready to focus on his football

  7. Rumour today that we have bid £34m to buy back our ex-(left 2017) player Bennacer from Milan. Tigerish holding midfielder with a good engine and a decent pass. Any thoughts?

    1. I take this with a pinch of salt along with the hundreds of other rumours about players we are bidding/interested for. My heads spinning with the amount of players we have supposedly bid for or are keeping tabs on ( whatever that means ). Just chill out and wait for the announcement on the website when and if we sign any more players.

        1. guy, we all read them. But only gullible fans believe them!


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