Does Fabio Vieira’s arrival at Arsenal spoil Youri Tielemans’ future at the Gunners?

His arrival seemed to be on track. Then, Arsenal and Porto confirmed the arrival of Fábio Vieira for the tidy sum of 40 million euros. Will this transfer put a damper on the arrival of Ketje from Brussels to the Gunners?

According to the Guardian, the answer is no. ‘Arsenal continue to work on a deal to sign Youri Tielemans from Leicester’, says the English media. Already, the two players do not have the same characteristics. The 22-year-old Portuguese evolves higher up the pitch while the Devil has more of a number 8 profile. This season, the Portuguese, who is not yet an international, has been very effective with 14 assists in Liga Sagres. Which makes him the second best passer in the Portuguese championship. “But his arrival hasn’t changed Arsenal’s plans for Tielemans”continues the Guardian.

During the last rally with Belgium, the midfielder announced that he had not made his choice regarding his future. According to the report, Arsenal still want to strengthen in the heart of the game. “The Foxes are expecting an offer from Arsenal for the 25-year-old. He plays in a more distant role than Vieira and made the bulk of his 50 defensive midfield appearances last campaign. “, conclude our colleagues. The Brussels resident’s contract expires in June 2023. As a result, he must make a choice: extend or leave. The Foxes hope to recover at least 25 million euros in the transaction.

“The track got cold”

For Sky Sports, the situation is particularly different. Last week, the outlet reported that “interest from Arsenal has cooled”. While a departure seemed inevitable, a contract extension is not impossible. But it will only happen at the end of the transfer window. As Fabrizio Romano asserts: “The midfielder is not considering extending his contract now. But he could do so in September if he stays at the club.”

In other words, Youri Tielemans wants to keep all his options open. It remains to be seen if the Gunners will really take action or if they will first favor the recruitment of a number nine. With the departure of Lacazette, only Nketiah remains in this position. Osimhen is particularly hoped for by Mikel Arteta according to various rumors.

The arrival of Vieira, and the possibility of seeing Tielemans land at Arsenal risk making one unfortunate: Sambi Lokonga. After a good first part of the season, the former RSCA player has played much less in the last six months. A loan could be considered for the midfielder.



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