Youri Tielemans Next Club Odds: Arsenal Top The List To Buy Him
Youri Tielemans remains a Leicester City player for now, but betting sites believe a January exit is possible.
With the 2022 World Cup set to take place in November and December, clubs around Europe will have plenty of time to assess their squads and draw up recruitment plans for the winter window.
Tielemans is out of contact next June and could be available for a cut-price fee at the start of 2023, making him an even more attractive proposition to potential suitors.
Leicester will not publicly admit it, but they have surely given up hope of persuading Tielemans to sign a new contract at the King Power Stadium.
That means the board will have to at least consider any offers that arrive in January, with the alternative being a departure on a free transfer at the end of the campaign.
Let’s take a look at the latest odds and then consider where Tielemans might end up if he does bid farewell to Leicester in January.
Arsenal Could Renew Interest In Belgium International
Many Arsenal fans were disappointed that the club did not pursue a move for Tielemans right up until the summer transfer deadline of September 2.
Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny have since suffered injuries, leaving Arsenal short of options in the middle of the park.
Even when everyone is fit, Tielemans would offer a dash more creativity and guile in a deeper midfield berth.
Arsenal remain the 8/1 favourites on football betting sites to sign him in January, although much will depend on how Leicester are faring in the Premier League - if relegation really does seem possible, they will want to keep hold of one of their star men.
Tielemans is now 25 and will want to be playing in the Champions League on a regular basis.
Currently top of the table, Arsenal will hope to be able to offer him that from 2023/24 onwards.
Midfield An Area Of Relative Weakness For Liverpool
Liverpool added Arthur Melo to their squad at the start of September, with the Brazilian arriving on a season-long loan for Juventus.
However, the ex-Barcelona man is unlikely to be a long-term option for Jurgen Klopp. Arthur has failed to live up to his early potential and will find game time hard to come by at Anfield when everyone is fit.
Liverpool are hoping to land Jude Bellingham next summer, but they will face stiff competition for the signature of the Borussia Dortmund man.
Given that the midfield is a clear area of relative weakness, and that Thiago Alcantara, James Milner and Jordan Henderson are all over 30, Klopp may consider signing two new engine-room operators in 2023.
Tielemans has the right blend of dynamism and technical quality to shine in a Klopp team, with Liverpool listed at 10/1.
Premier League Clubs Not The Only Option For Tielemans
Of course, it is not inevitable that Tielemans will still be a Premier League player after January.
The Belgium international previously spent 18 months at Monaco and would no doubt consider any offers from sides in Ligue 1, Serie A, La Liga or the Bundesliga, all available at 12/1 with betting apps.
The main question mark over a move to the continent concerns money. It is not that Tielemans’ demands would necessarily be too much for the biggest teams in France, Germany, Spain or Italy, but rather that clubs in those countries are struggling to compete with the Premier League’s wealth.
That could be a barrier to any potential January transfer window swoop for the Leicester talisman.
Manchester United And Newcastle Could Consider Swoops
Christian Eriksen has made a fine start to his Manchester United career, excelling in a deeper role alongside Scott McTominay.
Casemiro will take the place of the Scotland international sooner rather than later, with Bruno Fernandes set to continue as a No.10 in the 4-2-3-1 formation.
Eriksen’s comeback from the on-field cardiac arrest he suffered at Euro 2020 has been extraordinary.
He is playing as well as he has ever done and, at the age of 30, still has a few years at the top left in him. United have other priorities away from the midfield, hence odds of 12/1 with BetVictor in this market.
Tottenham are also outsiders at 14/1, but Newcastle are arguably overpriced at 16/1.
The Magpies have the financial muscle to offer Tielemans a lucrative deal, and if they are on course for Europe in January, they could be genuine contenders to sign him.
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