Mikel Arteta is reportedly on the market for a new midfielder this summer. Tielemans is many fans’ first choice, with some supporters even signing his name when we faced Leicester at the Emirates earlier this month.
The Belgium international has entered the final year of his contract at the King Power, and it’s clear that he wants to leave. However, both Leicester and the player aren’t making it easy for clubs like Arsenal to sign him.
Youri Tielemans’ salary demands are huge amid Arsenal links
The Sun has shared the latest on the Tielemans transfer saga this week, and a couple of interesting claims have been made by the outlet.
The first is that Leicester City are holding out for a transfer fee in excess of £50 million to sell their star midfielder. That is an outrageous demand considering that Tielemans will be available for free in about 10 months’ time.
The other stumbling block in Arsenal and other clubs’ pursuit of the 25-year-old is his salary demands.
The report claims that Tielemans is demanding wages in the region of £200,000 a week from interested clubs. If Arsenal agree to meet those demands, he will become our second-highest paid player at the club alongside Thomas Partey.
The Insider’s View:
Tielemans really would be a brilliant signing for Arsenal, but if those demands are true, Edu should walk away from the deal.
As good as the Belgian midfielder is, spending more money on him than we did on Gabriel Jesus makes absolutely no sense. His wage demands are a bit too steep too, which further complicates things for us.
If reports are to be believed, Arsenal’s priority at the moment is to sign a new wide player. Nicolas Pepe is on the verge of leaving the club on loan, which makes a move for a new winger far more important.
That pushes Tielemans down the priority list – irrespective of his and Leicester’s demands in this window. However, it won’t surprise us if Arsenal decide to go back in for him in January or next summer when he’s available for free.