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‘Yes’ to Arsenal, Youri Tielemans sends message to Arteta ahead of January’s transfer window

Youri Tielemans sends Arsenal transfer message as Mikel Arteta’s January plans revealed

Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans continues to be linked with a transfer to Arsenal, and sent a reminder to Edu and Mikel Arteta of what he can offer the Gunners

Arsenal are edging closer to the January transfer window as just a few games remain before they can look to add reinforcements to their squad. In a unique season, the Gunners are set to reach the market sooner than standard campaigns, with the mid-season break for the World Cup throwing the schedule into chaos


It could present a huge boost for Mikel Arteta, who will be able to strengthen his side sooner for the rest of the season amid talk of a title push. According to reports, the Spaniard is set to be backed by the board for the window, with another winger being a priority but with links to a midfielder too.

“The planning of that period is extremely difficult,” Arteta said on the January transfer window. “First of all because we know the January window, how special it is, the opportunities that you have, the short window that you have. Once you get the player they are straight away competing, so there is not an adaption process.


“And obviously with the position that we are in right now as well, it demands as well another level of player – and that player has to be available. We will look at everything and let’s see what we can do.”

One of the areas that could be strengthened further is the midfield, which was a concern for the Gunners in the summer after missing out on signing Douglas Luiz. A player they continue to be linked with is Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans, who is out of contract in the summer and looks unlikely to sign a new deal.


The Belgian sent a reminder to Arsenal of exactly what he is capable of, scoring a stunning strike from the edge of the box to give the Foxes the lead against Everton on Saturday. “That is what we want to see, these kinds of moments,” former Chelsea player Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink told Sky Sports. “Special players who deliver in these moments.”

“I would love him to sign another deal and continue his journey here at Leicester City,” manager Brendan Rodgers said on Tielemans. “But we will see in the coming months.”


Chelsea lose leverage in double raid of Premier League rival amid Graham Potter transfer plan

Graham Potter will be looking to implement his philosophy at Chelsea and signings in January will be crucial to his mission

Graham Potter could soon lose leverage in Chelsea’s mission to sign Leandro Trossard and Moises Caicedo. The Brighton duo have been heavily linked with following their former boss to Stamford Bridge lately as the 47-year-old looks to stamp his philosophy on the Blues.

According to Journalist Sacha Tavolieri, the west Londoners could accelerate a move to sign Trossard after keeping a close eye on him in recent weeks. The report adds that the Belgium international impressed higher-ups at Chelsea during the Seagulls’ win at the weekend, and because of this, they could be tempted into tabling an offer earlier than previously planned.

Meanwhile, with regard to Caicedo, the 20-year-old has admitted that he would like to reunite with Potter at Chelsea one day. The Blues are believed to be interested in the midfielder amid the increasingly uncertain futures of N’Golo Kante and Jorginho, who see their respective deals expire at the end of the season.

However, while a double raid of Brighton could be on the cards, it seems that loanee Levi Colwill doesn’t give Chelsea as much leverage as he once did. According to The Athletic, Roberto De Zerbi wants to sign Mykola Matviyenko.

The 26-year-old is a left-sided centre-half – the position where Colwill impressed while on loan at Huddersfield Town last season. If the Seagulls sign the Ukraine international, then the Cobham graduate could become an undesirable signing and, therefore, lose the Blues’ leverage over any potential deal.

Colwill, whose contract at Stamford Bridge expires in 2025, featured 29 times for Huddersfield in the Championship last season while on loan. His impressive performances booked the Terriers a place in the play-off final against Nottingham Forest – though, unfortunately for the defender, the Yorkshire-based side fell at the final hurdle.

Despite Colwill’s misfortune at Wembley, Chelsea were said to be ‘so impressed’ with the youngster’s development, according to Goal. The report adds that it was expected that the England youth international would be integrated into the Blues’ first-team upon his return from loan at the John Smith’s Stadium. But that didn’t happen, and the west Londoners signed Wesley Fofana instead.


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