Report: Arsenal are convinced they're signing 'special' 25-year-old midfielder next year
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Report: Arsenal are convinced they're signing 'special' 25-year-old midfielder next year

Arsenal appear to now have several priorities in the January transfer window.

The injury to Gabriel Jesus means adding a forward to the squad looks imperative to keep their title charge on track.

However, a report from 90min suggests that they’re still keen to recruit an extra midfielder.

The Gunners have set their sights on Ukrainin winger Mykhaylo Mudryk to bolster their attacking options.

The 21-year-old has been sensational for Shakhtar Donetsk, but could be an expensive addition.

In the midfield area, a number of candidates emerged in the summer.

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Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz was one of those, but has since signed a contract extension at his current club.

Another Brazilian, Danilo, was also an option, but a report from LANCE suggests their immediate interest in him has cooled.

Instead, 90min believe that Arsenal are convinced they will sign Leicester City star Youri Tielemans next year.

The Belgian international is set to leave Leicester in the summer when his contract expires.

However, Arsenal are determined to bring him in, and could pay to bring his departure date forward six months.

Arsenal convinced Tielemans will sign next year

The latest report from 90min suggests that, ‘Arsenal are confident at this stage of bringing him to north London in 2023 – be it in January or next summer as a free agent.’

This backs up a previous story from the same outlet, where they believed this would be the case last month.

They suggests that even if Tielemans doesn’t go in January, Arsenal will ‘retain contact’ with him until his contract expires.

There are certainly financial benefits to not paying a transfer fee next month and signing Tielemans in the summer.

However, he could be an important option for Arteta as he looks to keep his side’s unlikely title challenge going.

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The ‘special’ midfielder started the season in poor form, potentially due to the amount of speculation around him.

However, his performances picked up as the mid-season break approached.

Tielemans captained Leicester for the last six games before the World Cup, scoring two goals in the process.

The 25-year-old will almost certainly sign for a new team next season, with there being little interest in a contract renewal.

Arsenal will hope the work they’ve put in over the past few months means it’ll be them he signs on the dotted line for.

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