Arsenal may be unnerved by Barcelona’s interest in Leicester City and Belgium international Youri Tielemans, as Mikel Arteta looks to bolster his midfield options at the Emirates Stadium, according to journalist Dean Jones.
Tielemans had been on World Cup duty with Roberto Martinez’s Belgian Red Devils before their disappointing group-stage exit.
Arsenal transfer news – Youri Tielemans
According to LeicestershireLive, Tielemans has been the subject of long-term interest from Arsenal, but the north London club are now joined by La Liga giants Barcelona as potential suitors for the midfielder.
Meanwhile, Fabrizio Romano has told CaughtOffside that the Gunners haven’t given up hope of securing the signature of the 25-year-old, who was valued at £25m by the East Midlands side in the summer, but the Belgian, who enters the final six months of his £120k-per-week contract in January, has not given his word to any club including both Arteta’s side and the Catalan giants.
Despite not having yet made an official approach for the Foxes star, journalist Paul Brown has told GiveMeSport that the north London side are still interested in a move for the former Monaco man, but there may be other clubs that are now ahead of them in the queue.
And Jones believes that the reported interest from Barcelona may just make Arsenal “a little nervous” as they look to secure the signing of Tielemans at the Emirates Stadium.
What has Jones said about Arsenal and Tielemans?
Jones told GiveMeSport: “I’ve noticed a little bit of chatter around Barcelona and Tielemans recently, which might make them a little nervous.”
How did Tielemans perform at the World Cup?
Tielemans will have gone to the World Cup in Qatar hoping to be part of a Belgian side to win the first major tournament in the country’s history.
Unfortunately, things could not have gone much worse for Martinez’s side, with the Red Devils unable to progress through what seemed to be a relatively favourable group of Croatia, Morocco and Canada, resulting in the Spaniard’s departure at the helm of the national team.
Tielemans played in all three fixtures, though he did not play more than a half of football in Qatar according to Transfermarkt, suggesting he didn’t do enough to suggest he needed to be a mainstay in the side.
As per WhoScored, the Leicester man scored a disappointing average rating of 6.30 for his performances at the tournament, ranking him as the squad’s joint-13th best performer, not a statistic that will inspire Arteta or Edu.
However, Tielemans will be looking to put November’s disappointment behind him as he looks to regain his form in the league, ahead of a potential move to Arsenal in either January or next summer.
News Now – Sport News