Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans has just over a year left on his current contract, with Premier League rivals Arsenal and Manchester United both touted as potential suitors
Arsenal have been told Champions League qualification will be key if they are to sign Youri Tielemans this summer.
The Gunners look set for another busy summer transfer window as Mikel Arteta continues his ambitious overhaul at the club. Now coming towards the end of his second full season in charge, Arteta has Arsenal on course for a top-four finish, knowing that a win over Tottenham on Thursday would confirm a place back in Europe’s top competition.
And according to reports in Belgium, it will play a key role in their pursuit of Leicester City midfielder Tielemans, who is believed to be firmly on Arteta’s radar in the coming months. HBV via Sport Witness reported that the Gunners and Manchester United are both keen on the 29-year-old, who will become a free agent at the end of next season.
However, United’s dramatic loss of form, which left them out of contention for the top four altogether, likely took them out of contention. In reality, Voetbalkrant claim a move to Old Trafford is ‘no longer an option’ for Tielemans, who appear set to leave King Power having failed to agree a contract extension.
It is suggested that Tielemans wants an element of certainty over Arsenal’s Champions League participation, before giving his ‘blessing’ to move negotiations forward. The Foxes crashed out of Europe themselves last week, losing to Roma in the Europa Conference League semi-finals.
In the aftermath of the Rome defeat, Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has admitted some of his star assets, having had a taste of Europe in recent seasons, will now want more as his side are destined for a disappointing finish in the middle of the table this year. term.
“I think a lot of players will definitely have felt the joy and the experience of playing nights like tonight in Europe,” he said. “You see people like James Maddison, how good he has been on both legs. He is a player with personality and quality and he deserves this opportunity.
“Hopefully the players will leave and feel the motivation to be in Europe and then we can really fight to be in a European position next season.”
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Meanwhile, Arsenal boss Arteta is confident he will be active this summer whether or not he secures a Champions League return for the first time since 2017. When asked if he was planning to be busy, he replied, “I expect that, yes.
“I think both competitions [the Champions League and Europa League] require a much larger team because the number of games you play is much larger in both of them, so I don’t think [which you qualify for] makes a big difference or changes a lot.
“If you can afford it financially and we don’t have to do the squad turnover that we had to do, if you ask me what I want is 22 outfield players and three goalkeepers. You have to go a long way in the aspects you see on the pitch, there are a lot of things to put in place, and it takes time.