Arsenal are in negotiations with Paris Saint Germain about a deal to sign France international left-back Layvin Kurzawa, according to David Ornstein in The Athletic (£).
The 27-year-old is available on a free in the summer, however, with Kieran Tierney out until mid-March and Sead Kolasinac struggling with niggly injuries, Mikel Arteta has made finding cover at left-back a priority for this month.
Kurzawa, who has 12 caps to his name but wasn’t part of the World Cup-winning squad, has featured 14 times for the Ligue 1 champions this season but is very much second fiddle to Juan Bernat.
As a result, he knows his future lies elsewhere and he’s happy to make the jump now rather than hold out for a bigger payday further down the line; somewhat surprising, but there we go.
Kurzawa moved to the Parc des Princes from Monaco in August 2015 and has since won Ligue 1, the Coupe de France and the Coupe de la Ligue three times apiece.
As Ornstein writes in his report, given our big-money outlay on Kieran Tierney in the summer any January recruitment at left-back would obviously cast a shadow over the long-term future of Sead Kolasinac.
In his press conference yesterday, Mikel Arteta was asked about his transfer plans and specifically about potential outgoings, including a move for Shkodran Mustafi. In his reply, he hinted where his priorities lie.
“Can we afford [ to lose a centre-back]?” Arteta said. “The ideal scenario is no. If it happens, we will have to invent something. We are already playing with full-backs that are not full-backs.
“They are wingers or central midfielders and could we afford to lose full-backs? No, but we don’t have any full-backs.”
Ornstein believes further January recruitment will likely be done via the loan market or sniffing out other players available on the cheap.
Interesting, @GFFN report that, “The player recently joined up with agent Kia Joorabchian, who, since Raul Sanllehi’s rise within the club, has largely taken control of transfer dealings (behind the appointment of Edu as Technical Director, signing of David Luiz etc.).”
In light of that news, Athletic subscribers might be well advised to have a read of this piece by James from a few weeks back.