Paper Talk: Arsenal hold talks over two midfielder deals to leave fans drooling

Date published: Thursday 13th January 2022 8:34 - James Marshment

Youri Tielemans, Ashley Barnes Leicester celebrate a goal in the Premier League at the King Power Stadium

Arsenal are in talks over a deal for Youri Tielemans – and also have eyes on another exciting midfield signing – Manchester United have three successors in mind to Cristiano Ronaldo, while Thursday’s transfer gossip claims Chelsea have a three-man transfer wishlist.

YOURI TIELEMANS LEADS ARSENAL DOUBLE MIDFIELDER HUNT

Arsenal are reportedly in talks over a sensational deal for Youri Tielemans as his Leicester contract begins to wind down.

The Belgian is regarded as one of the Premier League’s outstanding midfielders. But with just 18 months left on his deal, the Foxes are growing fearful that a departure may be on the cards.

Despite efforts to extend his stay, Tielemans has so far rejected their advances. That has opened the door for a series of suitors to lurk with Liverpool and Manchester United among his suitors.

But the Daily Mirror claims they look likely to be pipped to the post by Arsenal after opening talks with his representatives.

And while a January deal looks unlikely, the Gunners are reportedly gaining in confidence that a summer deal will be struck.

By then, Tielemans will have just a year left on his deal and Arsenal are sniffing out a reduced fee.

And while the former Monaco man will still come with a £40m price tag, that will represent a real coup for a player of his quality.

Arsenal fancy Arthur before Youri Tielemans

Of course, Arsenal need central midfielders now. To that end, Edu and Co are looking for an immediate fix.

And they appear to be advancing in talks over a loan swoop for Juventus man Arthur.

The 25-year-old midfielder is reportedly keen on leaving Juventus, and a temporary move to Emirates Stadium looks likely.

The move will give both parties the chance to assess one another. But it’s a formula that has served Arsenal well in the past with Martin Odegaard. And they will hope for similar success with the former Barcelona man if they can secure his signature.

MAN UTD CONSIDERING THREE RONALDO REPLACEMENT OPTIONS

Erling Haaland shouts during Ajax vs Borussia Dortmund, October 2021

Manchester United are considering Robert Lewandowski, Erling Haaland and Dusan Vlahovic if Cristiano Ronaldo ends up leaving. (Daily Express)

Barcelona are looking to offload Memphis Depay in a swap deal with Juventus for Alvaro Morata. (Daily Express)

Samuel Umtiti will reportedly still leave Barcelona for Newcastle United this month despite signing a new contract earlier this week. That deal was put in place mainly to allow the LaLiga side to register Ferran Torres. (Daily Express)

Barcelona are ready to give up on hopes Ousmane Dembele signing a new contract and expect to lose him to the Premier League this summer. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United are plotting a move for Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria who is also attracting interest from Liverpool. (Daily Mirror)

Georginio Wijnaldum is reportedly “isolated” at Paris Saint-Germain because of speculation surrounding his future. (Daily Mirror)

ARSENAL’S DUSAN VLAHOVIC HOPES LAID OUT

Arsenal and Tottenham target Dusan Vlahovic of Fiorentina

Arsenal are desperate to beat other clubs to the punch by wrapping up a deal for Dusan Vlahovic this month. But they must meet Fiorentina’s requirements, with the Italian club valuing him at £75m and wanting a large chunk of his fee up front. (Daily Mirror)

Lukasz Fabianski will reportedly sign a new one-year deal with West Ham to remain part of their goalkeeper team next season. (Daily Mirror)

Sunderland will reportedly make a move for Peterborough striker Jonson Clarke-Harris. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United are planning to battle Arsenal in the pursuit of Brighton defender Tariq Lamptey this month. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea are reviving their interest in Sevilla defender Jules Kounde and are also looking at big-money swoops for Presnel Kimpemba and Aurelien Tchouameni. (The Sun)

Newcastle are trying pull off an audacious £80m swoop for RB Leipzig midfielder Amadou Haidara, who has also been linked with a move to Manchester United. (The Sun)

Massimiliano Allegri was “one step” from becoming Real Madrid manager when Zinedine Zidane left his role last year. (The Sun)

SHEARER OFFERS GUIDANCE TO MARCUS RASHFORD

Alan Shearer is reaching out to Marcus Rashford in a bid to help him through his alarming slump in form. (The Sun)

Arsenal and West Ham are battling it out for the signature of Eintracht Frankfurt winger Filip Kostic. (The Sun)

Blackburn are getting creative in their bid to sign Matt O’Riley from MK Dons and could offer a player swap deal. (The Sun)

Antonio Rudiger looks likely to perform a U-turn and now hopes to stay at Chelsea on fresh terms, according to a report. (Daily Mail)

Newcastle are launching a fresh bid for Sevilla defender Diego Carlos and want him on board in time to face Watford this weekend. (Daily Mail)

Richarlison and Yerry Mina are preparing to return to training, handing Rafa Benitez a timely boost. (Daily Mail)

Burnley have held talks with French side Lens for £14m-rated midfielder Seko Fofana. He is also attracting interest from Leeds and Newcastle. (Daily Mail)

AND MORE TRANSFER GOSSIP

Manchester City set a Premier League record for wage expenditure last season. They are now liable for up to £228million in potential add-ons and bonus payments. (Daily Mail)

Aston Villa will make the signing of Yves Bissouma their next priority, once a deal for Lucas Digne is secured. (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester City are targeting young Brazil left-back Abner Vinicius who plays for Athletico Paranaense. (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester City are trying to tempt Flamengo sensation Matheus Franca to come to the Premier League, despite the teenage midfielder’s £83m exit clause. (Daily Star)

Barcelona initially asked Aston Villa to take Philippe Coutinho on an 18-moth loan deal, running until the end of the 2022/23 season. (Daily Star)

Rangers are moving ahead of Blackburn Rovers and Sheffield United in the race to sign Hearts defender John Souttar. (Daily Record)

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