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Arsenal have reportedly beaten Barcelona and Ten Hag to 'one of Europe's top midfielders'
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Arsenal have reportedly beaten Barcelona and Ten Hag to 'one of Europe's top midfielders'

Speculation linking Arsenal and Youri Tielemans has been going on for months now.

During the summer transfer window, it looked as though the Gunners were set to land the Leicester ace.

But in the end, Arsenal never moved for Tielemans, and he continues to ply his trade for the Foxes.

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That said, with his contract expiring at the end of the season, surely something’s got to give soon enough?

Now, a report from Belgium has reignited this speculation and claimed that Arsenal are all-but over the line.

According to Voetbal Primeur, the Gunners have reached an agreement with Tielemans for the summer.

Indeed, this has apparently been in place for some time now.

This would explain why Tielemans has resisted signing a new contract at the King Power Stadium.

In doing so, Arsenal would have beaten Manchester United, Newcastle United and Barcelona to the Belgian’s signature.

VP claimed that the Red Devils and the Magpies have also been eyeing Tielemans.

Meanwhile, Spanish outlet Sport claimed the Blaugrana were eyeing the midfielder as a bargain option.

If the report is true, then Arsenal have pulled off a great signing.

‘Go to Leicester in January’

That said, the Gunners could certainly do with bolstering their midfield ranks in January.

Perhaps they could look to agree a cut-price fee with Leicester over Tielemans?

TalkSPORT pundit Darren Bent certainly seems to think so.

“I think it’s so important that Arsenal try and get another midfield player in January,” he recently said on talkSPORT.

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“Thomas Partey is the most important part of that Arsenal team. When he’s fit and firing like he is at the minute, Arsenal look like a completely different outfit.

“Xhaka looks completely different, the back four look more comfortable, belief what’s in front of them.

“I would try and get someone like Youri Tielemans. He’s 25 years old, you’ve seen the repertoire of goals he’s scored this season.

“Also he’s on a free at the end of the season. Go to Leicester in January, £20million, you get him.”

A fee of £20million for ‘one of Europe’s best midfielders‘ who could help towards a Premier League title and Europa League charge? Seems like a no-brainer.

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