An Arsenal target of last summer has now been made a free agent ahead of next season but will the Gunners go in for the player again?
If you cast your mind back to Arsenal’s game against Leicester City at the beginning of the 2022/23 season. The Gunners ran out 4-2 winners that day with Gabriel Jesus at the double, however that isn’t the moment in the game which will be remembered the most. As Youri Tielemans got substituted the Arsenal fans started signing to him “We’ll see you next week”…
That’s how close Arsenal were to signing the Belgian last summer. Mikel Arteta wanted him, however with only one year left on his contract the Gunners didn’t want to overpay and therefore chose against signing the 25-year-old.
The situation is different this summer as Youri Tielemans refused to sign a contract extension at the King Power with the player now a free agent heading into the summer window. The question is will Arsenal go back in for the talented midfielder?
Arsenal want to bring in two new central midfielders this summer. Declan Rice remains the main target, but who the other midfielder will be is currently unclear. With Granit Xhaka set to join Bayer Leverkusen, Mikel Arteta will need to replace the Swiss midfielder ahead of next season and there’s many players being linked with Arsenal as it stands.
Manchester City captain Ilkay Gundogan is one option, as well as Mason Mount, Moises Caicedo, Leicester City teammate James Maddion as well as Youri Tielemans.
Ben Jacobs said this on Youri Tielemans last summer: “Come the summer, if Tielemans is available on a free transfer, there’ll be a variety of clubs looking at him. Arsenal will still be there for sure and we know that Tielemans very much wanted that move a year ago and was hopeful that something might come off throughout the summer, but Arsenal moved in a different direction.”
Youri Tielemans still definitely remains a target for Arsenal with Mikel Arteta a huge fan of the player. However the Gunners will have to move quickly with many teams across Europe interested in the Belgian, now that he’s a free agent.