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Edu’s Arsenal transfer plan for Youri Tielemans after Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester admission

Arsenal have an eye on the transfer market, with just under one month left to make signings as Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers made an admission amid the Gunners' interest in Youri Tielemans

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has reaffirmed his stance that the club need to sell players this summer before being able to make signings of their own. The Foxes are yet to make any significant changes to the team this summer, despite a much-needed refresh in the squad.

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It comes as a potential boost to Arsenal in their pursuit of Youri Tielemans from the King Power stadium. Discussing the need to sell players this summer, Rodgers told BBC Radio Leicester: “I became aware towards the end of the season that the club would have to balance its books, then of course that becomes very difficult. The club will not look to spend money they don’t have and that is where the club is stable and they will always be very sensible.

“It’s where it’s at. The squad needs to get trimmed. Until that happens, I have to concentrate on the players that I have.”

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It’s an issue for the manager that could see plenty of sides look to take advantage of landing players on lower transfer fees this summer. The likes of Wesley Fofana and James Maddison have been linked with moves away, but their long-term importance to the club may make a reduced exit unlikely.

One who could fall into that category, however, is Tielemans. The Belgian has just one-year remaining on his contract at Leicester, with a transfer likely if an offer is tabled in the remaining month of the window.

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With the desire to sell mixed with the dwindling contract, the Gunners could still pick up a bargain for their target. It comes after Mikel Arteta hinted at possible further additions before the transfer market closes until January 2023.

Speaking ahead of the Crystal Palace clash, the Spaniard said: “We are really active as you can see with ins and outs. Everything is still open, it’s a long window.

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“A lot has happened. It’s incredible how much business the club has already done across the Premier League and it shows how competitive this is. It’s not gonna stop that. Players are going to have to leave, some others to move and everything is open still.”

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