Arsenal were heavily linked with a move for a top midfielder for the majority of last summer, and Leicester's Youri Tielemans was the player they were heavily linked with. Tielemans was available at a low cost because he was in the final year of his contract with Leicester.
Arsenal would have needed between 25 and 30 million pounds to secure his services. However, the summer came to an end, and Arsenal did not make a bid for the Belgian. Instead of bidding for Tielemans, Arsenal made a bid for Douglas Luiz, which Villa turned down. In the end, Arteta was unable to secure a reliable midfielder, resulting in a transfer need that was postponed.
Arteta's priority for the January transfer window will be to sign a winger. Douglas Luiz, who recently signed a new contract with Villa, is unlikely to be on Arteta's radar, but Youri Tielemans could be. The Leicesterman will enter the final six months of his contract at the King Power Stadium in January, and if the club does not want to lose him on a free transfer, they may have to sell him for the lowest possible price.
Arsenal can sign him for the bargain of the year, but Brendan Rodgers must decide whether to sell him or keep him and lose him on a free transfer in the summer of 2023.
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