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Arsenal are in no rush to move for Leicester’s Youri Tielemans this summer

Mikel Arteta and Edu have been interested in the Belgian all summer but could sacrifice a summer move for the midfielder with a view of targeting a free transfer in 2023

The ongoing summer transfer saga involving Arsenal and Belgian international midfielder Youri Tielemans has taken another turn today after reports via Football.London among other sources has stated that club technical director Edu may put the breaks on a summer move for the 25-year-old.

According to Arsenal writer Tom Canton, the Gunners could position themselves to wait to move for the former RSC Anderlecht academy graduate next summer in order to secure his services on a free transfer.

This fresh update comes as Arsenal has taken the stance that the fee Leicester City is demanding for the key midfielder - reportedly in the region of £32m - is viewed as too high a figure given the player has just one year left on his deal at the King Power Stadium, which serves up a bit of irony after the Gunners tried to hold firm in their valuation of German international keeper Bernd Leno before breaking ranks and allowing the former Bayer Leverkusen standout depart for Fulham far below his value given the status of his contract.

But securing a player of Tielemans’ ability on a free transfer would certainly be a no-brainer if both Edu and club boss Mikel Arteta feels the senior setup could avoid missing out on another needle-pushing option this season, though that timetable could be accelerated by outside forces.

Though recent reports have linked Newcastle United with serious interest in Olympique Lyonnais’ Lucas Paqueta, resulting in a midfield reunion with Bruno Guimarães on Tyneside, the Magpies are also thought to be strongly considering a move for Tielemans before the summer window closes.

Eddie Howe’s men are said to be joined in their interest by both West Ham United and Manchester United as Tielemans remains a hot commodity on the summer market, and should any of the three Premier League sides make a firm approach for the Sint-Pieters-Leeuw native, then Arsenal may spring into action to secure a move ahead of their desired timetable.

Andrew Thompson

US-based Football writer. German football guru with a wealth of experience in youth development and analysis. Data aficionado. Happily championing the notion that Americans have a knowledgeable voice in the beautiful game.

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