That is according to a report from super-journalist Fabrizio Romano, who claims that the Belgian midfielder will leave Brendan Rodgers’ side after turning a new deal down months ago.
The Italian stated: “Arsenal are discussing Tielemans internally since January.”
Though, whilst the 25-year-old is considered “one of the best options”, nothing has been agreed and with Romano iterating that “three top clubs are interested” – Champions League football will be key.
That news was then backed up by David Ornstein who said on Twitter: “AFC decision makers all keen to sign Youri Tielemans + agent dialogue encouraging so far.”
Tielemans has been an important piece for a Leicester side who have balanced European football with the Premier League this season.
The Belgian has registered six goals and three assists in the Premier League and has implemented consistency into Rodgers’ side ever since his permanent move from Monaco in the summer of 2019 – having contributed with at least nine goal returns in his last three full seasons for the Foxes.
His Arsenal links date back to his early days at Anderlecht when he was previously scouted by the club, and although he reportedly rejected a move to the Gunners, he has stated his reasoning behind the snub in an interview with Evening Standard back in 2017: “I knew not much was going to change with Arsenal’s squad.
“Their management wanted to keep the same group of players together in order to finish high in the Premier League. I had to be honest with myself and take a look at the midfielders Arsenal have got.
“They are top-class players. I knew that I would not get many first-team chances with them, so I didn’t give any more thought to joining them. I never said no to any club. But I made it clear where I wanted to go.”
Tielemans could offer a lot to Arsenal with his composure in the opponents defensive third, enabling the Gunners to build sustained attacks, with the Belgian averaging 19.86 touches in the attacking third per 90 and maintaining a shot-creating actions average of 2.85 per 90.
Champions League qualification could be the deciding factor, according to Romano. And with Arteta’s side on track to meet this requirement, supporters will be excited with the potential signing of a player who not only fits their style of play, but adds much-needed depth to an engine room that has lacked quality reinforcements this season.
At times this term, Arteta has had to call on the likes of Mohamed Elneny and Albert Sambi Lokonga to plug the gaps of injury and suspension but Tielemans would offer a far greater option when needing to refresh the team.