AS Monaco star Youri Tielemans, who has been heavily linked with Arsenal, is set for a medical at former Premier League champions Leicester City.
According to a report by The Sun, Leicester City are set to strike an interesting swap deal that will see Adrien Silva and Youri Tielemans switch clubs on loan for the remainder of the season. The AS Monaco midfielder is also the subject of interest from Arsenal among other Premier League clubs.
Tielemans garnered a lot of excitement and hype surrounding his talent upon breaking into the Anderlecht first-team setup at the nascent age of 16. Nearly five years on, and the player has progressed considerably, first becoming a pivotal player for Anderlecht before establishing himself as a regular at AS Monaco.
While the young Belgian hasn’t quite managed to impress as much at Stade Louis II, he remains as highly rated a prospect as he was before he left Anderlecht. One of his long-term suitors are still in his pursuit, with Arsenal weighing up a loan move for the 21-year-old.
The Gunners have seen Mesut Ozil become a peripheral figure this season, although he did start against Cardiff City on Tuesday. Ozil’s predicament has put his Arsenal future on the line, and with the German playmaker not exactly performing at his best, the North Londoners could do with a creative midfielder.
Arsenal are among a number of Premier League clubs that are interested in signing the 21-year-old on loan for the remainder of the season, as per Sky Sports. Leicester City though, have emerged as the favourites to secure his services.
The Foxes have a trump card up their sleeves, having offered Adrien Silva, who has previously worked with reappointed manager Leonardo Jardim. Silva and Tielemans will both swap clubs on loan till the end of the season, with the possibility of making the transfers permanent in the summer.
The move makes sense for both clubs, with Silva and Tielemans both failing to impress this season. That the Belgian international will only cost £20 million would not faze Leicester either, with the former Premier League champions being one of the most cash rich clubs in England.
It thus, looks like Arsenal, apart from West Ham United, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur are set to lose out in the race to sign Youri Tielemans again. The player’s transfer to Leicester is imminent, with a medical already scheduled, and it remains to be seen if the intriguing loan deal indeed goes ahead as planned.