The agent of Paris Saint Germain midfielder Christopher Nkunku says talks with Arsenal are ongoing, however, the fact that the Gunners will not do a permanent deal in January is complicating matters.
Unai Emery, as instructed by the club’s hierarchy, has made it clear that he can only recruit players in on loan before tomorrow’s deadline, although more funds will be available for permanent deals in the summer.
Appearing on Canal + show Late Football Club [quotes translated by Get French Football News], Nkunku’s representative José-Pierre Fanfan explained:
“I am here (in the studio) tonight, which is not a good sign. There is a real interest from Arsenal for Nkunku, but the discussions are quite complicated.
“There are restrictions from Arsenal’s side, they cannot do a transfer in the middle of the season. It is still being discussed with PSG, things could still happen in the next 48 hours, but as I said, the fact that I am here means that it does not look good.
“His situation will be evaluated in June, then he will have just 1 year left on his contract, and his situation will need to be evaluated.
“He is a young boy, who needs to play, enjoy himself, and to sign up for a project for the long term, that is what he is looking for, and he was in that phase with Arsenal but it looks complicated, if we have to wait, then he is ready to do that, he will wait.”
The fact the Gunners are on the cusp of a deal for Denis Suarez, another versatile player with whom Emery has worked, could well be another reason for this deal stalling. Nkunku was more than likely an alternative to the Barcelona man.
When you take that into account, this statement very much looks like an agent making it as clear as possible to any other suitors that his client is still up for grabs. It wouldn’t be very surprising to see him now move elsewhere as the frantic deadline day scramble approaches.