Arsenal ‘moving closer to £40m signing of Youri Tielemans from Leicester’ as Mikel Arteta seeks to strengthen his midfield… but Real Madrid could still pounce if Gunners don’t make the Champions League
- Mikel Arteta will seek to bolster his midfield ahead of return to European action
- Gunners are on course to qualify for next season’s Champions League
- Leicester’s Belgian international Tielemans has emerged as a possible target
- Arsenal reportedly believe they are close to sealing a deal worth around £40m
- Real Madrid remain interested and could swoop if Arsenal miss out on top four
Arsenal ‘are closing in on the £40million signing of Leicester’s Youri Tielemans’ – but the Gunners could face competition from Real Madrid.
The Gunners want to bolster their midfield options as they return to European competition next season and the Belgian has emerged as a prime summer target.
The Sun report that both Arsenal and Tielemans are increasingly confident he will be walking out at the Emirates Stadium next season.
Youri Tielemans ‘is close to a £40million move to Arsenal’ ahead of the summer window
Tielemans is also attracting some interest from Champions League finalists Real Madrid
However, Real could still reportedly swoop if Mikel Arteta’s side fail to qualify for the Champions League.
Arsenal currently occupy fourth spot but are engaged in a tussle with their north London rivals Tottenham, with the two sides set to meet on Thursday.
Spurs drew 1-1 at title-chasing Liverpool on Saturday night, affording Arsenal the chance to move four points clear if they beat Leeds on Sunday.
Arteta regards Tielemans, 25, as an upgrade on Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny in the midfield area and Leicester are increasingly resigned to losing their man.
Tielemans’ contract at the King Power Stadium expires next year, and he has rejected offers of an extension, meaning the Foxes will need to cash in now.
Mikel Arteta wants to bolster his midfield as Arsenal close in on a return to European football
Manchester United have been linked with the Belgian but won’t be in the Champions League next season, making them less attractive to players.
Xhaka’s future at Arsenal remains uncertain, while Elneny is out of contract this summer.
Tielemans initially signed for Leicester on loan from Monaco in the 2018-19 season before completing a permanent £32m move.
Tielemans in action for Leicester against Roma in their Europa Conference League semi-final
He has scored 24 goals in 154 appearances overall for the club, the highlight being his memorable long-range goal to defeat Chelsea in last season’s FA Cup final.
Leicester’s hopes of winning a first European trophy ended with defeat to Roma in the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa Conference League on Thursday.
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