Manager gives Arsenal green light over move to complete £25M summer deal for proven powerhouse midfielder
Arsenal have been given hop in their attempts to try ad sign Leicester City star Youri Tielemans – as Brendan Rodgers plans on sitting down with the midfielder
Leicester want Tielemans to put pen to paper on a new deal but the 25-year-old is reluctant to commit his future to the club, with his current contract set to expire next summer.
That has led to constant speculation in the media that Arsenal are ready to make a move for the player and offer Leicester the £25 million it would take to try and complete a transfer deal for the player
Asked for an update on Tielemans’ contract negotiations at Leicester City, Rodgers said: ‘There’s no update at all.
‘He’s an amazing guy to work with. He’s just re-joined the club [for pre-season] and he’s pretty much the same. In training he’s very committed.
‘He’s happy in his work and he’s happy at the club. But naturally with a year in his contract he may feel he has to look at everything for him and his family. But I certainly know he’s committed while he is here.
‘I’ll have a good chat with Youri next week to get privately what he’s thinking. But it won’t change, whether he’s leaving or staying for another five years, he’ll still be super committed.’
Asked if Leicester would accept Tielemans staying for the final 12 months of his contract before leaving on a free transfer, Rodgers added: ‘I’m not sure.
‘For that to happen that means there’s been no acceptable offer or there hasn’t been an offer. That’s the reality.
‘From Youri’s perspective, he’ll continue to train and work. He’s very focused on getting himself fit and like he always is with the team, he’s a great guy to have in the squad.
‘Until that changes, I will give everything to keep developing him and the team. There is a possibility, but we have to wait and see.’