Arsenal tipped to sign Youri Tielemans on one condition after 'perfect' update - pundit
Gabby Agbonlahor has tipped Arsenal to win the race for Youri Tielemans if they qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa and England attacker claimed Tielemans would be “perfect” for Arsenal as they have issues in midfield.
Fabrizio Romano reported on Monday (9 May) that there are three top clubs in the hunt for the 25-year-old’s signature and Arsenal have held internal discussions about a deal since January.
It is claimed Champions League football could be crucial if the Gunners want to sign Tielemans.
Leicester City will be vulnerable to losing the Belgium international this summer as he is set to enter the final 12 months of his contract.
Arsenal go into Thursday’s (12 May) crucial north London derby with Tottenham knowing a win will secure a top-four finish meaning Europe’s elite competition will return to the Emirates for the first time since the 2016-17 season.
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And Agbonlahor has suggested that could be the deciding factor in Tielemans’ future.
He told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “I really like Tielemans.
“He would be perfect for Arsenal and their midfield positions. Thomas Partey gets injured a lot so Arsenal need more options in that midfield.
“I think it would be a great move. Maybe if Arsenal do get into the Champions League then that might be what gets it over the line.”
Tielemans has scored seven times and provided four assists in 46 games across all competitions in what has been a disappointing season for him personally and for Leicester.
He will always be remembered by the Foxes for scoring the winning goal in their 1-0 win over Chelsea in last season’s FA Cup final.