Arsenal jump ahead of Barcelona in Youri Tielemans transfer race as Mikel Arteta looks to grab Leicester ace on cheap

ARSENAL are reportedly in pole position to secure the services of Youri Tielemans for a cut price with his contract set to expire in the summer.

The Gunners are supposedly leading the race to sign the Leicester man ahead of Barcelona.

Youri Tielemans has been a huge part of Leicester’s season this year scoring three goals and registering one assist so far.

Tielemans is available for a low price with the Belgian international only having six months left on his current deal.

The 25-year-old is free to speak to overseas clubs regarding a free transfer in the summer from January 1.

But it’s Leicester’s Premier League rivals Arsenal that are closest to signing Tielemans according to Spanish newspaper, Sport.

They state that the North London side are willing to offer £20million to tempt Tielemans to the Emirates Stadium.

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Mikel Arteta’s side were linked with a move for the central midfielder in the summer, but nothing materialised.

Now sat top of the Premier League table they may look a more enticing outfit for prospective players.

Tielemans has been coy on his future, but spoke in September about his time with Leicester.

He said: “I’m not going to speak too much about my contract situation at the moment.

“My family is very happy there [in Leicester] and that’s important. I didn’t leave in the summer as I always said the project had to be the right one.

“Just because things are getting worse now at Leicester doesn’t mean I should regret [staying]. Whether you are in your last contract year or not, it’s also not the case that I talk to the club every day about my extension or not. That’s work for my agent.”

Leicester are currently 13th in the league after a mixed start to the season.

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