Arsenal can complete five-year transfer scouting mission amid £49.5m-rated Youri Tielemans links

By Aaron Catterson-Reid

Arsenal are interested in signing Leicester City star Youri Tielemans, according to recent reports.

The north Londoners are in need of a central midfielder after Ainsley Maitland-Niles completed a loan move to Serie A side AS Roma, whilst Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny are both currently on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Gunners' head coach Mikel Arteta has just Albert Sambi Lokonga and Granit Xhaka as senior options for the middle of the park and the Spaniard's selection headaches have continued after Xhaka tested positive for Covid-19 last week.

Now, according to Goal, the Gunners are keen to bring Tielemans to the Emirates Stadium and have held talks with the Belgian's agent regarding a potential move.

The report claims that it is unlikely that he will leave the King Power Stadium this month, with the Foxes expected to keep hold of his services until the end of the current campaign.

Tielemans, who is valued at £49.5million on Transfermarkt, has less than 18 months left on his current deal with Brendan Rodgers' side and the Gunners reportedly believe that they could offer the former Monaco ace an attractive project, especially if they can finish in the top four this season, securing Champions League football in the process.

And it is not the first time that Arsenal have been linked with the talented playmaker, with legendary manager Arsene Wenger said to be an admirer back in 2017 before the player eventually joined Monaco instead.

The 24-year-old has enjoyed an extremely productive three years under Rodgers' stewardship, establishing himself as one of the best midfielders in the Premier League.

A midfield pivot of Tielemans and Partey would certainly be a mouth-watering prospect for Arsenal supporters if they were able to sign the Belgium international in the coming months.


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