Leicester close to confirm first sale to Arsenal since 1987 as Youri Tielemans exit comes to settlement

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Despite the confirmed signing of Fabio Vieira from Porto it looks as if Youri Tielemans will be the next move happening at The Emirates. Arsenal are in advanced talks with Tielemans and his representatives and hopefully will be able to seal a deal in the next 48 hours.

Leicester are said to be waiting for other suiters as they can see a bit of a bidding war, but still needs to act on a direct bid of around £25million to even secure a fee of some value.

Arsenal are also linked with Yves Bissouma but said to be 2nd fiddle in that chase a bit behind Spurs. Youri Tielemans has also been linked with other parties. Leicester looked reluctant to a fee of £25million but it looks as though this will go through with no other bids on the table.

Despite a lot of talk in and out and of course also telling a story about Leicester not really eager to let Tielemans leave and being left with a lower fee than what was intended. Not at all a satisfactory for Leicester as they would have hoped the Belgian would have signed a new and improved deal.

Arsenal looks desperate to be able to compete for a fourth spot in Premier League next season and to ahcieve that Fabio Vieira is not signed to compete with Youri Tielemans, but will be a direct competitor to Martin Odegaard. You cannot, as Leicester have learned, try to play in Europe as well as being involved in all domestic competitions with just a priority on eleven players.

Alan Smith made the move from Leicester to Arsenal in 1987, 35 years ago. Smith had a fantastic career at both clubs but his Arsenal years looked the better. For Tielemans to copy Smith will be difficult as he picked up two league winner medals, one fa cup and league cup medal as well as UEFA Cup honours on his journey. This would probably be more than expected and to just fill some more cold water in the thank the previous Leicester move to Arsenal before Smith was Frank McLintock who we all know captained their team to that epic League and FA Cup double victory in 1970/71.


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