The 25-year-old was omitted from Leicester City’s starting XI for their Premier League game against Southampton last weekend.
With Brendan Rodgers admitting that the Belgian wasn’t in the right frame of mind to play amid speculation over his future.
Mikel Arteta is believed to have identified the Foxes star as his number one midfield target, though the Gunners are yet to make an official bid.
The King Power outfit put a £40m valuation on the maestro’s head earlier in the window, though this has now been reduced to £38m as a result of entering the final year of his contract, boosting Edu’s chances of securing the Belgium international.
Speaking to GiveMeSport, Jones revealed that Arsenal could finalise a deal for Tielemans in the next 72 hours if they meet Leicester’s asking price.
“Brendan Rodgers knows that Tielemans is still seeking a move to a bigger club, so he was trying to protect his team by leaving him out.
“It didn’t really work out, but I am told he could still leave this week if the offer from Arsenal finally lands.”
THE VERDICT: GET IT DONE…
Leicester will be under a considerable amount of pressure to sell Tielemans this window to ensure he doesn’t leave for free next summer, so Arsenal should take advantage and put everything they have got into getting this deal wrapped up.
The 52-cap international made 12 goal contributions in all competitions for the Foxes last season, and averaged 1.8 shots and 1.2 key passes per top-flight game, via WhoScored, showing the creative outlet he adds to a team.
Arteta’s lacks squad depth in the midfield, so the Spaniard will be hoping that an agreement can be reached to bring Tielemans to the Emirates before September 1.