Fans told Arsenal now clear favourites to complete signing of brilliant midfielder FOR FREE

It has been claimed that Arsenal are the clear favorites to sign Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans in the Summer window.

The club has banked around £275million from selling several big names over the last five years, including Harry Maguire, N’Golo Kante and Wesley Fofana, and could see some more stars leave in the coming window.

The likes of Jamie Vardy – James Maddison and Tielemans are just three players that are tipped to depart the club – with the Belgian a player that Arsenal were looking at during the January window.

with a move to Declan Rice in the summer, while they placed bids to sign Moises Caicedo in January, which were rejected by Brighton. They ended up signing Jorginho from Chelsea.

However, according to CBS Sports’ Ben Jacobs (h/t TeamTalk), the Gunners are still pursuing Youri Tielemans and are the favourites to sign the Belgian midfielder for free in the summer.

Arsenal will still be there for sure and we know that Tielemans very much wanted that move a year ago and was hopeful that something might come off throughout the summer, but Arsenal moved in a different direction,” Jacobs conceded.

It comes after Brendan Rodgers insists Leicester must accept they will always sell their best players – he said:

“It’s (selling talent) something in the main that’s always been done,” said boss Rodgers, ahead of Saturday’s trip to Aston Villa.

“Apart from in the pandemic, where it was really tough financially, and the market value we were going to put on a player maybe wasn’t going to be there.

“You can never be frightened of that. It’s all about that pipeline of players, bringing in the next one. It’s the model that’s here.

“If you can bring players in and develop them to the level they can do here, they will always be of interest, and that will gain them more money and financial abilities later on in their lives. It’s really about bringing in the next one.

“Early on in my career I had a player I was absolutely devastated that I lost, because I thought it would make a big impact on the way my team played.

“I was genuinely (puffs out cheeks) because I was young in my career and I was really down this player had decided to leave when he was on a free transfer. I never thought we could play how we wanted without his big qualities.

“But we ended up getting someone in who was absolutely brilliant and did great and it made me, at that point in time, never really get too in love with a player.

“I love talent and I love working with players but players will come and go and if they do it’s just a case of making sure you’ve got the next ones to come in.

“I learned that early on in my career. Footballers have short careers and they have to maximise that.

“I am a custodian of the club, I have to look after the club and make sure we can try to get the next one in. That’s what we’ll do here.”

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