LEICESTER are ready to let star player Youri Tielemans join Arsenal for free next summer.
The Foxes are still hoping the Gunners could make what they see a suitable offer for the Belgium midfielder.
However, Arsenal are fully aware they can simply wait until January and get the playmaker to sign a pre-contract.
And the Foxes appreciate Tielemans so much they’d rather get one final season out of him than let him go for a reduced fee this summer.
Arsenal have shown the greatest interest in the former Anderlecht and Monaco star but boss Mikel Arteta has so far failed to make him a concrete offer.
Tielemans joined Leicester in 2019 after a £35million initial loan from Monaco but has now made it clear he has no intention of extending his contract beyond this season.
Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers told The Times: “It’s not ideal but it’s happened before – players have gone here for free before.
“He wouldn’t be the first but at this moment it’s about keeping an eye on the team and the squad and making sure they’re ready.
“The club will negotiate and speak to player representatives throughout the squad.
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“So far, Youri’s situation hasn’t changed, there are no offers. So he just keeps working well and doing well at the beginning of the season.
“Youri is a top national player, so in every game, actually in every training session that Youri plays, he tries to be the best player he can.
“There’s a lot of speculation about him but he’s trying to prove something in every single game he plays.”
Tielemans will certainly not be short of offers, especially if he has a good World Cup with Belgium.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5991341/arsenal-youri-tielemans-free-leicester/ Arsenal could land Youri Tielemans on a free transfer next season as Brendan Rodgers reveals Leicester had NO offer