Mikel Arteta is said to be the driving force behind Arsenal's desire to sign Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans, with the Gunners expected to unveil Oleksandr Zinchenko this week.
According to the Telegraph, the 40-year-old Premier League manager is interested in bringing the Belgian international after following Tielemans for the entire summer, with the 25-year-old open to moving to north London, though Arsenal has yet to make an official offer for the former AS Monaco player.
Tielemans' contract with Leicester runs out next summer, and according to reports, the midfielder is against signing a new deal if there is a chance the midfield maestro will sign for Arsenal in the coming weeks. The Foxes star is eager to make the move.
Fabio Vieira and Zinchenko have been signed by Arsenal this summer, two left-footed midfielders who have seemed to fulfill Artetas' objective of improving the Gunners' options in the centre of the park, although this hasn't stopped the clubs interest in Tielemans.
According to reports, the Belgium star may depart Leicester for as little as 25 million, though Arsenal is hesitant to make a move for the 25-year-old until they sign some senior players.
Bernd Leno is believed to be on his way to Fulham, while Lucas Torreira, Pablo Mari, Hector Bellerin, and Nicolas Pepe are all expected to leave Arsenal at some stage this summer, and any of these players' departures might open the door for the Gunners to sign Tielemans from Leicester.
The signing of Thielemans might take Arsenal's midfield to a whole new level.
Tielemans has been prepared for a major move for the last two years, and with the midfielder now in his prime years of career, signing for Arsenal might be a great move for both the player and the Gunners, with the Belgian ideal as a long-term replacement for Granit Xhaka.
Tielemans may be another amazing addition to the Gunners' midfield for the coming season, with the midfielder adding so much technical and creative flair to the north Londoners' midfield in a move that might elevate the north Londoners to a whole new level.