July 24, 2022
Arsenal pursue Premier League midfielder available for just £25m

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND: Youri Tielemans of Leicester City during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Leicester City at Etihad Stadium on December 26, 2021. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND: Youri Tielemans of Leicester City during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Leicester City at Etihad Stadium on December 26, 2021. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

The Telegraph reported this week that Leicester City are planning summer signings but their current financial situation will force them to sell to bring in players.

Youri Tielemans is one of the players likely to be on the move, with The Telegraph writing that he will cost around £25million – due to the final year of his contract at Leicester. The same outlet adds that the midfielder wants to play in the Champions League.

Ben Jacobs from CBS Sports reports that Arsenal and Manchester United are continuing to pursue Tielemans, but there are few links to West Ham United and nothing in the repeated reports of interest from Liverpool.

Arsenal and Manchester United are therefore the favourites, but Tielemans’ desire to play in the Champions League would likely see a clear favorite emerge should either team make the top four.

Leicester City's Belgian midfielder Youri Tielemans celebrates scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Leicester City and Arsenal at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England, on 28 April 2019. (Photo by Lindsey PARNABY / AFP)
Leicester City’s Belgian midfielder Youri Tielemans celebrates scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Leicester City and Arsenal at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England, on 28 April 2019. (Photo by Lindsey PARNABY / AFP)

Of course, there is always a strong possibility that Tottenham Hotspur will end up beating Tielemans’ two contenders for European premium competition. In this case, neither would be able to offer the player Champions League football.

The Telegraph claim the 24-year-old is still set to see out the final year of his contract with Leicester City, and perhaps he would choose this path if he didn’t have the Champions League alternative.

Tielemans has scored seven goals and three assists in 38 games for Leicester City in all competitions this season, including eight of those goal contributions in his 23 Premier League appearances.

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