Transfer Focus: Arsenal should target Youri Tielemans to replace Aaron Ramsey

Following the news regarding Aaron Ramsey’s likely departure to Bayern Munich, as reported by the Independent, Arsenal will need to be in the market for a player who possesses a similar goal threat from midfield.

What’s the word?

The Welshman’s contract expires at the end of the current campaign, and after negotiations regarding a renewal hit an impasse, the 27-year-old is now set to leave the club who he has spent over a decade with.

Ramsey’s departure will not necessarily leave a gaping hole in the Gunners’ engine room as such, but they have no midfielder who can make an impact in the box quite like the former Cardiff man can.

Unai Emery’s current options in central midfield consist of Lucas Torreira, Granit Xhaka, Matteo Guendouzi, Mohamed Elneny and Ainsley Maitland-Niles; all good players in their own right, undoubtedly, but much less decisive in the final third in comparison to Ramsey.

Who can replace his threat?

Reiss Nelson looks likely to be the only player already within the Gunners’ ranks to add goals to the side when he returns from Hoffenheim, so Emery will need to dip into the market.

Of course, we all know the state of the current market, even more so for wealthy Premier League teams, and whilst Arsenal aren’t exactly lacking funds, they will not want to break the bank to replace a player they are losing for nothing.

So, in that respect, they should take advantage of the sticky situation Ligue 1 strugglers Monaco find themselves in, managed by Gunners legend Thierry Henry.

Les Rouges et Blancs are currently 19th in France’s top-flight, whilst their owner,¬†Dmitry Rybolovlev, has recently been arrested on corruption charges. Its all a bit messy.

Signed from Anderlecht for around ¬£20m last summer, Youri Tielemans was tipped for big things having just won Belgium’s Young Player of the Year award. The 21-year-old has three goals in 11 appearances in Ligue 1 this season and has been a bright light in a terrible campaign so far.

Tielemans is a very good passer of the ball and has a keen eye for goal, whilst his potential is still relatively unfilled. Manchester United held a strong interest in the player before his move to France, as did Arsenal, so this move could well be on.