Newcastle enter the race for €55m-rated Arsenal long-term target

The battle to add Youri Tielemans is not over yet, with Newcastle United entering the chase for the midfielder. Arsenal are reportedly closing in on signing the Leicester City midfielder but may have to deal with intense competition from the Magpies.

For weeks, the Gunners have been reported as the favourites to add Belgium international in the summer. Arsenal are interested in signing Tielemans due to his playing style and how he could upgrade the Spanish manager’s squad. The financial opportunity in the deal, which favours Arsenal, cannot be ignored either.

Yet, some sources insist nothing is agreed, and despite the interest from the Gunners, Youri may be keeping his options open. The 25-year-old midfielder has been a crucial part of Brendan Rodgers’s Leicester City squad in the last few years but is certain to leave the club in the summer.

The Foxes would have loved to keep him on board for the long-term future, but with a year remaining on his contract, they will be forced to sell the Belgian midfielder. The financial chance for Leicester City may be limited, but it is still better to cash in now rather than let him depart on a free transfer in 2023.

The Gunners’ requirement for an attack-minded midfielder is no secret, and hence Arsenal are reportedly close to agreeing on a move for the former Monaco midfielder when the season ends. Moreover, their chances will be boosted with UCL qualification, although the top-four race is wide open after Tottenham won the North London Derby.