Leicester City still reportedly want over £30m for Youri Tielemans with Arsenal valuing him at significantly less as he enters his contract’s final year and now Newcastle are considering making a move.
Ben Jacobs of CBS Sports reported last week that Leicester City wanted £35m for Youri Tielemans early in the window, and, even now they want just over £30m.
Arsenal reportedly valued Tielemans at less than £25m in January, and they’re yet to submit a bid this summer, so it seems unlikely their valuation is anywhere close to Leicester’s.
On the other hand, Belgian outlet Nieuwsblad Sport claimed Tielemans’ price is expected to drop in the final week of the window, making a deal possible.
The outlet claims a deal could get off the ground if Tielemans’ price drops to €20m-25m (£16.9m-£21.1m).
Now we are in the final hours and Newcastle are considering getting involved in it all which would not equal a lowered price.
Last week, Tielemans was reportedly staying calm, believing he was in a strong position with regards to a transfer. He won’t sign a contract extension with Leicester even if they don’t sell him this week, despite feeling happy in the city.
These claims follow a report from Belgian journalist Sacha Tavolieri that Tielemans remains on Arsenal’s summer shortlist, and they’re ready to make a bid for him. If that’s true, they’d be advised to get a move on.
Mikel Arteta is reportedly backing the deal, and this last week was said to be ‘decisive’. Have they decided not to bother?
Fabrizio Romano reported for CaughtOffside last Monday that Tielemans is one to watch until the end of the summer market and it looks like he could be on the move on deadline day.
Whether he would prefer to move to Newcastle now or wait for Arsenal remains to be seen.