Though not a priority, Youri Tielemans remains on Arsenal’s radar this summer, and they could return for him later in the window.
Charles Watts reports for Goal that Arsenal haven’t yet pulled out of the race for Youri Tielemans completely.
The current priority is revamping the attack, with Gabriel Jesus completing his transfer, Fabio Vieira already signed, and another bid for Raphinha on the way.
But Tielemans reportedly remains on Arsenal’s radar, and they could yet return for him towards the end of the transfer window.
According to Watts, it depends on what other business the Gunners get done.
You’d imagine that applies to both incomings and outgoings.
Obviously, if Arsenal can make some sales, they’ll have more money to spend on Tielemans. If they sell a midfielder or two, suddenly signing one becomes more important.
But it’s also true that if Arsenal’s moves for Raphinha and Lisandro Martinez fall through, that frees up funds to spend on Tielemans. So it’s not just the outgoings that could affect a potential deal.
The combination of the fact that a midfielder isn’t a priority as it stands with the sense that a deal for Tielemans wouldn’t be particularly difficult to do has dropped the move down the list for Arsenal.
This all echoes David Ornstein’s recent comments on a move.
Ornstein claims Arsenal’s key decision-makers are still “all in” for Tielemans, and they’d potentially like to sign him this summer. But other deals are taking priority at the moment.
Arsenal are arguably in a stronger position than Leicester with Tielemans, as Ornstein points out.
The Gunners aren’t in a hurry to push through a deal, and they don’t seem to be competing with any serious rival interest. Tielemans’ contract runs out in 2023, and Leicester are keen to sell to generate funds for their summer business.
The longer the summer goes on without any bids, the weaker Leicester’s position gets. In the meantime, Arsenal have other deals to be getting on with.