Arsenal: £120k-a-week star 'on Arteta's shortlist' at the Emirates

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Arsenal have failed to make a move for Youri Tielemans despite adding the Leicester City star to ‘their shortlist’ of Emirates Stadium targets, according to CBS reporter Ben Jacobs.

There is uncertainty over the central midfielder’s future as he has entered the final 12 months of his £120,000-per-week contract with the Foxes.

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What’s the latest news involving Tielemans?

Arsenal are reportedly mulling over whether to head to Leicester with a swap proposal which would involve Tielemans switching to north London and goalkeeper Bernd Leno moving to the King Power Stadium.

The Gunners’ hopes of pulling off the deal have been boosted by the fact it is understood that the Foxes are interested in the German.

Leicester chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha has revealed no offers have been received for Tielemans despite the September 1 deadline nearing.

Although they have failed to head to the negotiating table, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Arsenal have been holding internal discussions over the 25-year-old since January.

Jacobs has previously told GIVEMESPORT that the Gunners have already agreed personal terms with Tielemans, meaning that negotiating a fee with Leicester is one of the final obstacles to overcome.

What has Ben Jacobs said about Tielemans?

Jacobs understands that Tielemans is on Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta’s radar ahead of the summer transfer deadline.

The journalist believes the Gunners could spark a tug-of-war for the Belgian’s signature if they eventually test Leicester’s resolve.

Jacobs told GIVEMESPORT: “He’s on their shortlist, but they haven’t made a move and nobody’s made a move for Tielemans yet.

“That’s really interesting because when one club makes a move, it might trigger others into action.”

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Why haven’t Arsenal signed Tielemans yet?

According to talkSPORT, Arteta has some concerns over Tielemans’ physicality and that has resulted in Arsenal opting against rushing into a deal.

The report suggests the Gunners boss has not told the hierarchy to pursue the 52-cap Belgium international, who has been described as ‘wonderful’, due to doubts over whether he has the presence Arteta is looking for to run his team.

That could leave the door open for Manchester United, who have also been keeping tabs on Tielemans’ situation.

Although Arteta is having second thoughts, there is no doubt that the Leicester man would be a shrewd addition as he has already made 120 Premier League appearances, meaning he would not need to be given time to adjust to the rigours of the English top flight.

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