Arsenal told ‘odds increasing’ that £30m star ‘will remain’ at Premier League club this summer

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Arsenal-linked Tielemans Credit: PA Images
Arsenal-linked Tielemans Credit: PA Images

According to reports, the ‘odds are increasing’ that Youri Tielemans will stay at Leicester City this summer even with Arsenal being ‘admirers’ of him.

The Belgium international has spent the past three-and-a-half seasons playing in the Premier League.

Tielemans, who is an ‘interesting opportunity’ for both Arsenal and Man Utd, has shone for Leicester during this spell, playing 158 times across all competitions.

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The centre-midfielder netted a stunning winner against Chelsea at Wembley in the final of the FA Cup in 2021.

The 25-year-old is out of contract in 2023 and he is rated at £30m this summer. It is known that Arsenal have expressed their interest in him. 

The Athletic have now revealed that Arsenal are admirers of Tielemans but their interest has ‘not yet materialised into an offer’.

‘The odds are increasing’ that Tielemans will remain at Leicester City until the end of his contract. They add that Brendan Rodgers will ‘hold talks’ with the player this week.

Elsewhere, Stan Collymore has warned Arsenal that Mikel Arteta is repeating a mistake Arsene Wenger made during his time as manager.

Some claimed during Wenger’s tenure that he tried to model his Arsenal team on Barcelona. Now Collymore has argued that Arsenal are “becoming Man City lite” under Arteta:

“The idea of Oleksandr Zinchenko going to Arsenal is one I like,” Collymore wrote for The Mirror.

“We all saw what the Ukraine captain did to Scotland in their World Cup play-off this summer. He took a highly emotional game by the scruff of the neck, he was a captain, a leadership figure and he stood up to be counted.

“He was the kind of player the Gunners have been crying out for for a long time now, so I can see why fans will be behind their move for him. But I still have reservations, too, because just as I criticised Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal for wanting to be Barcelona lite and it not getting them anywhere, now I can see Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal becoming Manchester City lite and ending up with the same net result.

“I know Arteta will point to the fact that both Gabriel Jesus and Zinchenko are winners. But, let’s face it, as good as they are, if you were to pick out five, or even 10, City players who were the driving forces behind all their trophy wins, would either feature?”


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