Romano explains why Arsenal has prioritised Premier League midfielder over Serie A star

Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Arsenal is more serious about adding Youri Tielemans to their squad in this transfer window because he will cost less than Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

Both midfielders have been on their radar for some time, and the Gunners could add at least one to their squad.

The Belgian will be out of contract at Leicester City at the end of this season, and that could force the Foxes to sell him.

Lazio is in a comfortable situation with Milinkovic-Savic, and they can demand for a lot of money before offloading him.

Romano says their contract situations are the key difference in the pursuit of their signatures.

He said tells the Que Golazo podcast, as quoted by Football365: “I see some of these names mentioned. Milinkovic-Savic is always mentioned in the Italian press, but Lazio want €75-80million (£68.7million) for Milinkovic-Savic, so it is a really complicated one.

“I am sure that Tielemans is a good opportunity because he is out of contract next summer.

“He is not extending his Leicester contract, so this is why Arsenal are exploring that possibility more than Milinkovic-Savic today.”

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Tielemans will be cheaper, and because he has been playing in the Premier League for some time, he is probably the best option we got.

The former Monaco man has thrived in the competition, so it would take him less time to perform at Arsenal.

But whatever transpires, it is almost certain that Arsenal will sign a midfielder in this window.

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19 Comments

  1. But Savic is a better player than Tielemans.Just spend the money we were going to spend on Raphinha on Savic

  2. Milinkovic Savic over Tielemens for me personally, they both have similar qualities on the ball(passing, dribbling, press resistant, goals from Midfield) but I would go for the former because of his physical attributes and would provide a bit more steel defensively even though Tielemens has EPL experience over him.

    If I recall, Lazio wanted to sign Torreira either last summer or the one before that, so maybe we could use him as make weight in the deal- Torreira+£40M.

  3. I think Youri Tielemens would be a good addition to our midfield, I liked how he played at Leicester City, especially with his PL experience and the fact that he’ll come much cheaper than Milinkovic Savic who doesn’t have PL experience.

  4. Savic looked a little languid for the Premiership. we all know Seria A is easier to thrive in. To spend that kind of money, you have to be sure what you are getting. I would go with someone with EPL experience that cost 40m pounds cheaper. Use some of the change to get an imposing youth like Onana. He is the future. Then you still have money left for an imposing top 9 like Scammacca

  5. Savic looks a little languid for the Premiership. we all know Seria A is easier to thrive in. To spend that kind of money, you have to be sure what you are getting. I would go with someone with EPL experience that cost 40m pounds cheaper. Use some of the change to get an imposing youth like Onana. He is the future. Then you still have money left for an imposing top 9 like Scammacca

  6. Another top midfielder Arsenal can get is Florian Neuhaus. He will improve the midfield better than Savic and Tielemmans

  7. Looking likely we will need ideally two midfielders considering the Partey situation. Hence the many recent rumours re Savic and Onana. Romano says today we are working on a mystery deal for a winger too – maybe Gakpo or Asensio? The snag is that we really don’t have a bottomless wallet!

    1. Guy, it doesn’t seem that kronkie has closed his wallet just yet, in fact he is backing him to the hilt regarding money.

      1. Whilst it appears so, i’m not 100% convinced Ken. I worry that although we seem to be putting in bids left right and centre, many of them may be either/or ie as soon as our first big bid is accepted the cash is gone and all other chases are abandoned. Just me being a pessimist but that’s what being an Arsenal fan has driven me to! I remember when we bought Bally for a British record £220k in 1971 – life was so simple then!

  8. Instead of spending big – 43m for L. Martinez, for backup for left-back, centre back and left midfield, it is better to spend 5m on Grimaldo (LB), and the rest on Florian Neuhaus and Onana. Sell three midfielders – Lokonga, Maitland-Niles, Torreira for a combined 35m-40m.

    1. Good luck with getting those three for that money, Silas! You may call Martinez a “backup” but I think you’ll find once he gets in the side (either as a DM or when Tierney gets another long-term injury after our first couple of games) he won’t get dropped again quickly.
      And you’re being harsh on Lokonga. Like Nketia and Saka the lad will bulk up and get more physical. He wasn’t bad last season when he got a chance and he will adapt this year to the EPL.

  9. The advantage of Tielemans over Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is less aobut the cost, though that is certainly part of his atttraction, than that he is Premier League proven. He has been successful in the league and with so many young players, having someone that the manager can be confident will walk in and do the job with minimal settling-in time has to be hugely attractive.

    Savic has been the better player statitically, but Serie A, is a slower, more deliberate league and significantly less physical than the Premier League.

    Tielemans is also a two-way player; defending well and offering both assists and goals from central midfield – a massive need for Arsenal.

    There are only a handful of players that offer Tieleman’s quality and none of them are available for a similar price to the Belgian. James Ward-Prowse would do well in this role at Arsenal, as would John McGinn, though getting either player would cost at least as much as Savic.

    It is surprising that, given the massive needs at Manchester United, Ten Haag has not pounced. A midfield of Tielemans and Frenkie de Jong would be formidable.

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