Zinchenko has been unveiled as the Gunners’ latest acquisition after a £32million deal was struck with Manchester City, but Tielemans remains among boss Mikel Arteta’s targets.
What’s the latest news involving Tielemans?
Uncertainty remains over where Tielemans will be plying his trade next season as he has entered the final 12 months of his £120,000-per-week contract at Leicester and not been interested in extending his stay at the King Power Stadium.
Arsenal are understood to be confident of fending off competition from Premier League rivals Manchester United and sealing the Belgian’s arrival for £30million before the September 1 transfer deadline.
It appears the Gunners are right to be optimistic of winning the race for Tielemans’ signature as he would reportedly favour a move to the Emirates Stadium over linking up with the Red Devils.
CBS reporter Ben Jacobs has previously told GIVEMESPORT that the central midfielder has already agreed personal terms with Arsenal.
Leicester could be forced into selling Tielemans for a cut-price fee because there are fears that they may otherwise fail to comply with Financial Fair Play restrictions.
What has Dharmesh Sheth said about the situation?
Sheth is insistent that Tielemans remains among Arsenal’s summer targets despite Zinchenko’s arrival in north London.
The Sky Sports reporter believes Arteta will be viewing the Ukrainian primarily as a left-back, meaning he would still be in the market for a central midfielder.
When asked whether Zinchenko’s acquisition will have an impact on Arsenal’s interest in Tielemans, Sheth told GIVEMESPORT: “No, not necessarily because Zinchenko has been predominantly used as a left-back.
“I think Arteta would have looked at it and thought ‘I had issues in that area when Kieran Tierney was injured, so I can use him in various positions’.”
Why could Zinchenko’s arrival potentially have an impact on Tielemans’ wish to join Arsenal?
Arteta knows Zinchenko well, having worked with the 25-year-old during his time as Pep Guardiola’s assistant manager at Manchester City.
The Spaniard has described Zinchenko as ‘an exceptional footballer’ who ‘was a natural No 10 early in his career’, while also suggesting that his versatility made him an attractive signing.
He has regularly featured in the heart of Ukraine’s midfield over the course of his 52 international outings, so he could potentially play in that role for Arsenal.