Despite the summer transfer window only closing at the beginning of this month, a report in Calciomercato claims that Arsenal are already looking ahead to the start of the next window in January.
The media outlet claim that the Gunners have already targeted one of their priority signings for the start of the new window, with Anderlecht wonderkid Youri Tielemans at the forefront of Arsene Wenger’s thoughts.
Tielemans, 18, is considered one of the best prospects in European football, and he is already a key player for the Jupiler Pro League side, despite his young age.
He has Champions League football to his name, and is set to pass the 100-game mark for Anderlecht in the coming weeks. He has also been called up to Belgium’s senior international side, although he has yet to make his debut for the Red Devils.
A central midfielder, Tielemans is well regarded for his attacking abilities from a deep-lying role, with both a strong goalscoring and creative reputation.
In his 92 appearances for his club, the youngster has scored 13 goals and created 13 more, and Tielemans has been playing at top form this season.
He has netted three goals and registered one assist in just six games, playing in various midfield positions, including one of the holding roles in a 4-2-3-1, as well as a wide runner in a 4-4-2 diamond midfield.
If Tielemans continues to perform at the level he has been, Arsenal will not be the only team to show an interest in the youngster, and the Gunners want to get ahead of their rivals by completing his signing in the January transfer window.