In the last few days, it has been confirmed that long-time Arsenal target, Youri Tielemans, will join Ligue 1 champions-elect AS Monaco this summer for a reported fee of €23m.
This transfer represents a huge coup for Monaco, who despite their success this season, are expected to lose at least a few of their key players. Tiemoue Bakayoko has been heavily linked with a possible move to Chelsea, whilst Thomas Lemar’s future is still uncertain – Arsenal have sent scouts to watch his performances this season.
It was evident from his breakthrough season that Tielemans was always going to leave Anderlecht at some stage but this move seems the perfect one, given the fact that he’ll continue to develop in one of Europe’s top five leagues and has an opportunity to further assert himself in UEFA Champions League.
Tielemans was able to show his leadership qualities at Anderlecht and he’ll be hoping to impress national coach Roberto Martinez as he looks to nail a starting berth in Belgium’s stacked midfield.
As for Arsenal, it’s another missed opportunity but in hindsight, a Premier League move might not be the best thing for him right now in his career.
There are plenty of examples of highly-rated youngsters joining England’s top flight and struggling to acclimatise before being dismissed as a flop.