Reports claim Youri Tielemans is now more likely to stay with Leicester City after Arsenal agreed a deal for Fabio Vieira.
The Gunners have long been linked with a move for the Belgium international. And respected transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano suggested at the end of May that his Foxes exit was inevitable. Arsenal were thought to be in pole position for his signature.
And, even after the capture of Vieira, it was suggested that the north Londoners were still keen. However, Sky Sports are reporting that the Emirates outfit have now decided against pursuing a deal for the former Monaco man.
And he may now extend his stay at the King Power Stadium. Tielemans current contract expires in the summer of 2023 but there is a clause to extend by a further 12 months.
The same report claims that the East Midlanders and their star player have a ‘great deal of mutual respect’.
And that makes it more likely that he will ink a 12-month extension rather than risk the club losing him for nothing next summer.
There is always the possibility that another club will come in for the 25-year-old before the window shuts. Both Barcelona and Real Madrid have been long-time admirers of the talented playmaker.
And while Barca seem unlikely to spend too much on new players this summer, Real remain an option. Los Blancos were linked earlier this month by Spanish newspaper AS.
It is not known if they will follow up their initial interest but Leicester chief Brendan Rodgers wants to keep the schemer.
Tielemans could have pick of clubs
It is inevitable that Tielemans will leave Leicester at some stage of his career. He is still young enough to enjoy the best years of his career at one of Europe’s top outfits.
The former Anderlecht ace joined the Foxes during the 2019 January transfer window. After penning permanent terms that summer, he has gone on to make 158 appearances in all competitions, scoring 24 goals.
But the strike he will always be remembered for is the long-range effort that won the FA Cup in May 2021. It was Leicester’s first ever FA Cup title and means Tielemans has already been written into the club’s folklore.
He may go on to achieve bigger and better things elsewhere but that one goal makes him a club legend.
Arsenal know all about him and what he can do but it seems as though Gunners fans will probably only see him twice in 2022-2023.