Fabrizio Romano says he has heard nothing about claims that Arsenal have concerns about Youri Tielemans‘ physicality.
It has been suggested that Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is not convinced that the Belgian has the engine required to run the midfield, but Romano has played down those reports:
“There’s been some speculation that Arsenal are concerned about Youri Tielemans’ physicality, but I have no news on any issues like this.”
According to Romano, the main reason for Arsenal’s hesitancy is that they are keen to offload players first so they can make room in the squad for Tielemans:
“My latest update on the situation is that Arsenal have been in contact for the Belgian midfielder for months, but the priority goes to the outgoings in that position.”
Romano is pretty much backing up what trusted journalist David Ornstein has been saying for a while. A midfielder will likely have to leave before a deal is put in place with Leicester.
There is, therefore, a danger that the Gunners could be beaten by another club to Tielemans if they wait too long. Manchester United, West Ham and Tottenham have all been credited with an interest in the 25-year-old but, so far, no team has put a formal bid on the table.