Arsenal have been told that Juventus midfielder Arthur would be available for “basically nothing” should they choose to sign him this summer.
The Gunners have acted well in the transfer market this summer to bring in the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Fabio Vieira.
This contrasts with January as the club’s supporters were frustrated that they did not add to their squad before the Premier League run-in.
Arthur was one of the players Arsenal were linked with earlier this year, but they looked to have turned their attention this summer to Youri Tielemans.
The Belgium international is proven in the Premier League and he has been a key player for Leicester City in recent seasons.
His future at the Foxes is in doubt though as his current contract expires in 2023.
At the moment, Tielemans is showing no desire to extend his deal at The King Power Stadium beyond next summer.
This made his exit during this window likely with Leicester looking to receive £25-30m for his services.
Given his showings in recent years, this signing felt like a no-brainer for Arsenal and co but Leicester are yet to receive a bid for Tielemans.
Arsenal have won their first four league games of the 2022/23 season but they are short on options in midfield as Mohamed Elneny and Thomas Partey are currently injured.
David Ornstein reported on Tuesday morning that these injuries may tempt Arsenal to ‘look to recruit in midfield’.
Now Dean Jones has suggested that it would be “much easier” for Arsenal to sign Arthur than Tielemans:
“[Youri] Tielemans, I believe you can probably get for £25 million from what I hear, so that’s still on the table and obviously one they’ve been looking at,” Jones said on The Football Terrace.
“The thing that I’ve heard today is that Arthur’s agents have been touting him around the Premier League again. Everton have been strongly linked in the past couple of days, he will have been offered to them.
“But there are other clubs too that Arthur is being offered to from Juve and it won’t surprise me at all if one of those is Arsenal.
“Arsenal have been considering Arthur for a while. In terms of finances it’s much easier to do than Tielemans, it’s basically nothing.
“And that’s one that we should probably keep in mind as an option for Arsenal as we head into these last couple of days. Interesting one, it’s definitely something to think about.”
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